Some African-American drivers are being told not to park in the white Mayfair area of Philadelphia.
A black woman, who asked only to be identified as Lima, showed WTXF a note that was left on her car: “N—–, do not park around here again, b—-.” The note was signed: “K-K-K.”
Lima recalled the ugly moment to the news station:
I was shocked. At first, I thought it was a joke or a prank and I was just thinking that someone would come out laughing, but then I looked at it again and I was like, I can’t believe this is happening around here.
I was scared. And I was thinking, maybe they followed me or maybe they know where I live, and I don’t want to fear for my life that somebody would do something to me if I was to park around there again.
Bernadette Waites, Lima’s next door neighbor who had a tire punctured, added: “That’s racist. It’s hateful. In this climate—in this day and age—that’s intolerable.”
Lima says her mother has gotten nails in her tires: “I just want it to stop. But that we’ve been living around people who have been preying on us the whole time, it’s really sad.”