SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman claims someone committed a hate crime against her when they put a racist sign in her front yard.
Lena Negrete found the sign around 7:30 this morning. At first she thought it was garbage, but then saw the writing that said "White Lives Matter More." She believes the sign was in response to another posted in her yard.
"I'm a huge supporter of social and racial justice and I do have a Black Lives Matter sign in my yard, and I definitely think it was in response to that," Negrete said.
Negrete says she alerted police as soon as she saw what the sign said. And all this happened just as she returned to Spokane from Washington, D.C. to fight for social issues close to her heart.
"It's definitely disheartening because I just came back from spending five days in Washington, D.C. where I marched for immigrant and refugee rights, because I'm the daughter of a Mexican immigrant," she said.
Police took the sign as evidence of a hate crime. Negrete says it's hard to understand why this happened, when she considers her neighborhood to be very safe.
"I think it's really important to get the message out there that racism is alive and well and it's not going to be tolerated in our community," she said. "Nobody should ever feel unsafe in their community because of their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion."
Negrete said the person who posted the sign may have been trying to shake her confidence, but they didn't succeed.
"If anything, this really empowers me to go out and even fight harder for people's rights if you're in the community," she said