An anonymous poster has stirred up controversy in a Norfolk, Virginia, neighborhood by asking black trick-or-treaters to stay away.
The post was added to the “Rants and Raves” section of the city’s Craigslist site, reminding “overage trick or treaters” that’s it's illegal for children older than 12 to dress up and solicit Halloween candy.
But the original post, which has since been deleted, used a specific racial slur aimed at black children to encourage kids from other neighborhoods to stay away from Larchmont/Edgewater.
“We’re a white neighborhood and we don’t want you baboons here!! You little turds better think twice going into my neighborhood or you will be legally punished,” the post said.
Police said they would respond to calls reporting overage trick-or-treaters, which is a Class 4 misdemeanor that carries a possible $250 fine for guardians, but officers said any child 12 and under who goes out before 8 p.m. can enjoy Halloween anywhere in the city they choose.
“You can`t discriminate against someone being in a particular neighborhood, the law doesn’t address that,” said Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos.
One resident called the person who made the posting a “party pooper.”
“I can understand if you have a 16 or 17-year-old show up without a costume, but just a blanket statement to say all kids of different colors can’t come in? I don’t think that is appropriate for this neighborhood, because we are very eclectic here,” said resident Timo Mitchell.
But at least one person enjoying the anonymity of the Internet posted a follow-up on Craigslist urging black children to stay out of the mostly white Larchmont/Edgewater.
“Stay in your own neighborhoods!” the person wrote. “We whites don't come to your neighborhoods to trick or treat because we know you n*ggers will try to rob us and molest our children. Keep your little n*glets in your own neighborhoods! Any n*glets who come to my door will receive last year's stale candy.”
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