St. Pete residents upset over hate signs posted in neighbor’s yard

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Derogatory signs posted on a lawn in a St. Petersburg neighborhood have several residents upset.

Roland Price placed five signs in his yard on 27th Avenue North on Saturday. On them were the words Jews, infidels, an anti-gay slur and an offensive term referencing mentally handicap people. The last sign had the words “great again.”

Neighbors can’t believe it.

“It’s disgusting. It’s repulsive,” said one woman.

“I’m absolutely shocked,” said another neighbor, a block away.

News Channel 8 interviewed Roland Price in 2012 when he spoke out on gay marriage.

“Homosexuality is rampant, so how do you control that? If you’re not one of them, how do you set yourself apart?” Price said.

No one answered the door at his home Monday. Price did answer the phone, but would not agree to a recorded phone interview.

Price said his signs are self-explanatory.

He said the previous administrations had too many Jewish and LGBTQ people in their cabinets.

Price referred to a bible verse, using the word infidels, saying they should not be in the White House.

He said the derogatory term used to insult mentally handicapped people was meant for Hillary Clinton voters, and to vote for her because she’s a woman is grossly irresponsible.

Price said his political views align with President Donald Trump’s views and the signs have nothing to do with his neighbors.

He said if they’re offended, they should move out or come speak to him about it.

St. Pete’s biggest pride events are happening all month long, including the Pride Parade.

Executive Director Eric Skains said the signs are disheartening.

“No matter if you’re gay or straight, black, brown, Christian, Muslim, we are all one community, sharing the same space and we should celebrate that,” said Skains.

City code only permits one sign per residential lot.

Price said his signs were stolen on Sunday and he’s upset that someone would violate his First Amendment right.

According to neighbors, someone around the neighbor took them.

Follow Jamel Lanee’ on Facebook

STORIES THAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON

> BACK TO TOP STORIES

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s