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Banner hanging on I-5 bridge called racist

Published On: Sep 07 2013 02:17:59 PM CDT
EUGENE, Ore. -

A banner hung over an Interstate 5 bridge has upset Eugene community leaders who say the sign is racist.

The banner reads "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white" and includes a Celtic symbol co-opted by the white supremacist movement in the U.S.

KVAL-TV reports the sign has drawn criticism from the city's Equity and Human Rights program manager, Michael Kinnison, who says he's "appalled" the sign went up.

Hanging a banner from the bridge is illegal, no matter the content.

The Community Alliance of Lane County is planning a demonstration in response to the sign.