City removes white supremacist graffiti etched into sidewalk

Neighbors say this etching of "white power" and a confederate flag have been on this sidewalk for years.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Residents of a neighborhood just outside of downtown who asked the city to remove a white supremacist message etched into a sidewalk awoke Tuesday to a fresh look. The city said early Tuesday that a crew had removed the message.

A man who lives in the neighborhood and wishes to remain anonymous alerted NewsChannel 15 about the words “white power” and a confederate flag are carved into the concrete on the corner of Dearborn Street and St. Joseph Boulevard. He said the city had failed to address the problem.

Neighbors say this etching of "white power" and a confederate flag have been on this sidewalk for years.
Neighbors say this etching of “white power” and a confederate flag have been on this sidewalk for years.

“It’s just something that you shouldn’t have, especially in a public place,” the man said Monday. “To have hatred towards somebody else for a different culture is just obviously something that is not right and I don’t think it’s something that should be in our town or any town.”

He said he called the city multiple times this past summer asking for it to be removed. One of his neighbors said It’s been in the sidewalk since she moved in four years ago.

“They said they’d send somebody out to take a look at it and I never saw anybody,” he said. “They could have went out there when I was at work, but it definitely never got taken care of,” he said.

NewsChannel 15 reached out to the City of Fort Wayne spokesman John Perlich who said a review of their records doesn’t indicate a complaint was filed. He said once they get a specific address, they will send a crew to the location to evaluate the situation.

That happened Tuesday, Perlich said.

“Fort Wayne is a welcoming and inviting city,” Perlich added in a statement. “We do not condone this type of behavior. It’s important for our community to come together united to make a meaningful difference.”

The neighbor pledged to keep “pestering” the city until they take care of it. That can now end.