It has been said one way to get a mule's attention is to hit him on his head with a two-by-four. But, committing an egregious offense to attract attention to whatever one is protesting is not a good idea. A man in Arizona recently learned that the hard way. Upset with neighbors, he decided to erect a sign saying his home was for sale. Not a problem. For sale by owner signs are allowed in his community. But, the sign did not stop there. It said "4 Whites only." The sign engendered consternation among observers, including officials from the state attorney general's office. The few neighbors willing to speak were blase, though. No private citizens filed a complaint about the sign, though it clearly violates laws against racial discrimination. Meanwhile, the homeowner kept a low profile. But, eventually, a reporter discovered his identity and he consented to an interview. The man's reason for posting the sign is not what you would expect. The West Valley View has the details.
John Miranda swears he is not a racist. In fact, he believes that he is a victim of racial discrimination.
And that, the 68-year-old former Marine says, is why he attached a sign reading “4 Whites Only” to the “For Sale by Owner” sign that stands in front of his Waddell home.
“All my life, I’ve seen bigotry,” said Miranda, who is of Hispanic heritage. “That’s why I did this — because I’m seeing bigotry again. I knew the sign was going to draw the attention of the media, and I would be able to explain my side.”
The local property owners association allegedly ignored Miranda's request that a ditch dug behind his home be filled. He ended up paying the cost of the task himself. Miranda believes he was treated shabbily by the POA because he is Hispanic.