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Neighbor Sparks Outrage For Hanging 'Offensive' Flag In Window Facing Black Woman’s Home

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Je Donna Dinges, a black resident in Michigan’s Grosse Point, slammed her neighbor for hanging a KKK flag in a window facing her home on February 16.

She told Fox 2 News Detroit that she had called state and federal authorities to complain about the flag.

Dinges, the owner of Ferndale clothing boutique, said: “I said, I know there’s not a Klan sign in the window next door. And I opened the curtains and I looked and sure enough, there was a Klan sign in the window next door.”

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She took to Facebook to share an image of the flag, which read: “Ku Klux Klan, Invisible Empire,” adding that she has had issues with neighbors in the community since she moved in 11 years ago.

She stated that her ex-husband first noticed the flag on February 15 as he was taking out the trash.

“I was furious. How dare he feel comfortable putting a symbol of hatred, violence and domestic terrorism at his window facing my house?” she told the Detroit Free Press.

Three weeks ago, her ex-husband discovered a container full of gasoline in her recycling bin, which prompted her to get a security camera that faced the neighbor’s house. Police also suggested that she get a camera after she reported the gasoline incident.

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“Detectives who came out from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department told me that the reason the neighbors put the Klan sign up was because I put a camera on my windowsill to record what was happening along the side of my house to protect myself,” Dinges said.

She stated that she had called the FBI to report the flag because she hadn’t received significant help from the police in the past.

The FBI took the report, but told her that they couldn’t do much because she had not been directly harmed or intimidated by the neighbor.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office in Detroit was also unsuccessful in getting real help.

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She then spoke to WDIV-TV, and a reporter went to the city manager and chief of police to inquire about the situation, prompting two detectives to visit the neighbor’s house. The girlfriend of the neighbor stated that they were upset by the security camera, but that they were “non-confrontational people” Dinges said, adding: “I don’t know how you get any more confrontational than a Klan sign.”

The neighbor has since taken down the flag, and there have been no issues since.