A Filipino family living in El Monte, California has raised concerns over an allegedly “racist” sign posted by a neighbor in his backyard.
Sisters Alexis and Rose Anne Yu, who usually take their dogs out for a stroll around the neighborhood every night, were shocked to find one neighbor posting what they believed to be a racist sign along their route during their walk on Monday night.
The sisters said they immediately alerted local authorities after encountering the sign posted on a neighbor’s fence that read, “Chinese, keep your dogs off my grass.” A smaller phrase written in the upper right-hand corner of the sign read, “Respect your neighbors.”
“I don’t understand. Why would you write something like that? And to direct it to a race for that matter,” Alexis Yu told ABC Eyewitness News.
“When I looked at it closely I was like, ‘Oh, no,’ So I took out my phone, took a picture of it right away and actually emailed it to the El Monte (police) department to let them know what was going on,” she added.
In an interview with Eyewitness News, William Alarcon, the owner of the yard who placed the sign said he was not being racist with the message and was just trying to specify which dog owners who weren’t picking up after their dogs.
“I’m not being racist or anything, I’m being specific,” Alarcon told the reporter. “The Hispanic woman was doing it and I spoke to her and she stopped doing it.”
Alarcon, a Native American, explained that his other neighbors understood his sign. “I spoke to one guy over there and he wasn’t upset,” Alarcon added. “He said, ‘OK, they do the same to me.’ He’s Asian and they do the same to him.”
After local authorities mediated between the parties, the sign was eventually taken down.