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Anti-racism signs could be posted in La Crosse parks

Brad Williams

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An alleged case of racial harassment at a La Crosse park has inspired a counter campaign.

Neighborhood groups in the city are asking permission from the park board to post signs in Weigent Park reading “Hate Has No Home Here.”

Linda Lee from the Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood Association told the board that two Asian women recently were told by a passing driver “No Muslims allowed.”

Local citizen groups have raised money to put up the yard signs.

The board approved the request, with a suggestion by park director Jay Odegaard that the signs could be placed in parks throughout La Crosse.

Not far from Weigent Park, the office of Bullet Cab on Jackson Street, was spray-painted with racist graffiti last February. The company’s owner is Muslim.

Volunteers painted an artistic design on the garage door to cover up where the offensive message had been.

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