Delaware Town Takes Down Anti-Hispanic Signs After Public Outrage

Delaware-Sign.pngUpdate! The playground sign in Milford, Delaware that sparked controversy on the web has been taken down. 

via ThinkProgress


The small community of Milford, Delaware took swift action over the weekend after a barrage of criticism over signs posted in several public parks that appeared to be anti-Hispanic.

A Daily Kos blogger documented a number of signs that read “parental or guardian supervision is requried for the use of this playground equipment” in English, but warned Spanish-speakers “ustedes debe tener un permiso para jugar en este campo,” or that visitors must obtain a permit in order to play in this park. It goes on to warn that violators of this rule could be subjected to police action.

The sign was repeated in at least four different locations around the town, and according to Daily Kos blogger Delaware Dem, they were all posted in neighborhoods with sizable Hispanic populations.

Conservative radio host Dan Gaffney was the first to publicize the story, posting a photo of one sign on his Facebook page. From there it began to circulate widely until the local newspaper The Wilmington News Journal posted their own story on Sunday.

By Sunday evening, Milford public schools superintendent Phyllis Kohel says she and her husband personally traveled to each park where an offending sign had been posted and removed the Spanish-language signs themselves.

Milford is located in the southern county of Sussex, a heavily conservative region of a solidly blue state. President Obama won Delaware by a nearly 20 point margin, but lost Sussex County by a 43 percent to 56 percent margin.

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  • Salvador Lozano
    commented 2013-01-07 19:36:12 -0800
    The parties responsible should be prosecuted for it.
  • Alexander Araya López
    commented 2013-01-07 13:19:58 -0800
    I totally support Gloria on this: Who was responsible for this “signs” and how did they pay for them?
  • Gloria Bonelli
    commented 2013-01-07 13:08:24 -0800
    The question remains: Who approved of the language on the signs and their posting in the first place. That they are removed is a very good thing. That they were there in the first place remains an important question which should not be swept under the rug. Also, were taxpayer funds used to manufacture and install the signs?