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Racially-charged banners reading "diversity = white genocide" taken down by Birmingham police

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A banner hanging on an overpass along an interstate in Birmingham reads "DIVERSITY = WHITE GENOCIDE." (Photo courtesy of @Camikelly/Twitter) A banner hanging on an overpass along an interstate in Birmingham reads "DIVERSITY = WHITE GENOCIDE." (Photo courtesy of @Camikelly/Twitter)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After receiving several reports of racially-charged banners hanging from overpasses along the interstates in Birmingham, police took down the signs, which appear to be part of a "pro-white" campaign organized by a group called White Man March.

Six banners reading "DIVERSITY = WHITE GENOCIDE" were removed from overpasses on Interstate 20/59 and I-65.

Police haven't determined who put up the signs and no one has claimed responsibility at this time.

"I don't think that's okay."

"I think it's just ignorance."

"It's surprising."

That's the reaction from many people in Birmingham Saturday.

Lt. Sean Edwards says, "The banners read diversity equals white genocide and so all our officers began to respond."

Birmingham police quickly removed those banners that appeared on several interstate overpasses including one on 12th avenue and I-65.

Roderita Smith says, "I thought we were getting past that. I thought things were changing. I don't want to think my baby would have to deal with the same thing my grandmother worked so hard to make sure I didn't have to deal with."

That feeling shared by others also hurt by the message.

Anita Anderson says, "For you to put something racist up like that, is crazy. we should be past that stage by now. So that's ridiculous."

Police believe the banners could be connected to a national group called the white man march.

On its website, there are pictures of similar banners that also went up across the country.

Edwards says, "It's an organization that's a white supremacy group that's going around the city, around multiple cities trying to push their message."

It's a message, Lt. Edwards says the city is not going to tolerate.

And many residents are glad officers reacted quickly. "Makes me feel good, makes me feel like we are one."

Birmingham Police ask if you see any more banners going up to notify them immediately.

According to whitemanmarch.com, the purpose of the event is "to spread information through activism, but also to make a statement that White people are united in their love for their race and in their opposition to its destruction."

 

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