California Woman, Who Held Racist Sign at Reopening Protest, Suddenly Apologizes After Being Outed

Gretha Stenger — who held a racist sign during a reopening protest outside the Humboldt County Courthouse in California on May 16 — was called out and suddenly apologized, notes Atlanta Black Star.

The blog Redheaded Blackbelt took a picture of Stenger with her sign that included a drawing of a muzzled black woman and said: “Muzzles are for dogs and slaves. I am a free human being.”

Stenger told Redheaded Blackbelt that she “came out to stand with people who were deeply concerned about the stay-at-home orders and their repercussions.”

Another protester, identified by Redheaded Blackbelt as Larkin Small, was photographed holding a sign that falsely claimed: “COVID-19 has a 99 percent survival rate. Why are we locked up?”

After being outed online, Stenger suddenly apologized, notes the Times-Standard:

Holding that sign up at the lockdown protest was a grave mistake and I ask forgiveness from all those who I have caused pain. As I had no sign of my own, it was handed to me by another protester and a photographer took the picture before I considered the racist implications.

My intent was to take a stand for the freedom of all human persons and I mistakenly held a sign that conveyed the opposite. Please know that I respect the dignity of all people and I sincerely regret any suffering it has caused.

(Sources: Atlanta Black Star, Redheaded Blackbelt, Ary26/Twitter, Times-Standard)

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