Racist stickers affixed to signs in Johnston, police are investigating

Racist stickers have been affixed to street signs along Greenville Avenue in the Town of Johnston, Rhode Island.

Joseph Razza, Deputy Chief of Police at the Johnston Police Department wrote, “The Town of Johnston does not tolerate matters of this kind and we will investigate this matter to the fullest extent possible.”


Warning: The images below contain racist, Islamophobic, white supremacist and anti-Semitic messages and images.


At least four signs have been marked with the racist stickers in Johnston:

-The first sticker is affixed to an advertisement for snow removal, and was located on on Greenville Avenue, while approaching the intersection of Greenville Avenue (on the right) and George Waterman Road (on the left). I was unable to locate this sign when I went to the site, but was provided the picture below by a reader. The sticker says, “It’s okay to be white.” This may seem innocuous, and more ignorant than racist, but it is a meme with deeply racist overtones. See here.

-The second two stickers are affixed to an Emergency Evacuation Route sign at the intersection of Greenville Avenue and George Waterman Road. Here is a repeat of the “It’s okay to be white” sticker as well as a sticker depicting the white supremacist version of the Celtic Cross, which the Anti-Defamation League calls “one of the most important and commonly used white supremacist symbols.”

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-The next sign defaced with racist hate is affixed to a telephone pole at the corner of Greenville Avenue and George Street, right under the sign for George Street. This sticker depicts a hand with an extended middle finger over the word “ISLAM.”

-The last sign defaced, and the most disturbing, is on the corner of Greenville Avenue and Blain Street. On this RIPTA sign were several stickers. Here we see a repeat of the middle finger over the word Islam, a sticker that says “White Lives Matter,” a sticker with the image of Fascist German Dictator Adolph Hitler saying, “Next time… No more Mr. Nice Guy,” and a sticker showing a black man and a white woman holding hands over which the international symbol for prohibition has been placed.


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1 Comment

  1. It is good to see that someone is keep’n an eye on these wicked issues that could bring the community of RI to it’s knees in foolish racial war zones it doesntd need to be a part of ! Even though racial unrest, bigotry and hatred continue to exist in the south, it is still a fixable situation because it is not hidden, but the people are more truthful, outward and up front with each other speak’n their minds with these issues, were as up north, it is more hidden, cowardly ways of deal’n with racism, although racism is cowardly as it is any and everywhere, with grown men afraid to let anyone know who they are, by wear’n sheets over their heads to cover and hide themselves, cause it might be found out that they may be a deacon at Jerry Falwells church, or JSM down in the bayous, so sheets always kept those senators, deacons, mayor’s, governor’s, or evil so called Americans hidden in their deeds, well, welcome to a new generation of breed’n ignorance and stupidity only this is how itsi been done here in the northeast !

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