A Black Michigan woman is speaking out after a Grosse Point man hung a KKK flag in a window that faces her home on Feb. 16. Je Donna Dinges told Fox 2 News Detroit she called state and federal authorities when she noticed her neighbor had hung a KKK flag in the window facing her home.
“I said, I know there’s not a Klan sign in the window next door,” 57-year-old Dinges said. “And I opened the curtains and I looked and sure enough, there was a Klan sign in the window next door.”
Dinges shared an image of the flag, which bear the words “Ku Klux Klan, Invisible Empire” on Facebook. She said she has had issues with her neighbors since she moved into the community 11 years ago.
Je Donna Dinges told Fox 2 News Detroit she called state and federal authorities when she noticed her neighbor had hung a KKK flag in the window facing her home. Dinges says her ex-husband first noticed the offensive flag on Feb. 15 when 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?” Dinges said to the Detroit Free Press.
Three weeks ago, Dinges’ ex-husband found a full container of gasoline in her recycling bin, she says. That prompted her to get a security camera installed on her home that points at the neighbor’s house. Police also suggested Dinges get a camera installed after she reported the gasoline incident.
“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,” she said.
According to Dinges, she called the FBI to report the flag because police hadn’t offered significant help in the past. The FBI took the report but could not do much because the neighbor had never directly harmed or intimidated Dinges.
WDIV-TV reporter inquiry to the city manager and chief of police about the situation prompted two detectives to visit the neighbor’s home. That’s when the girlfriend of the neighbor revealed they were upset about the security camera, and said they were “nonconfrontational people” according to Dinges. She added, “I don’t know how you get anymore confrontational than a Klan sign.”
The neighbor has since took down the flag and there haven’t been any issues since, Dinges said.