Black folks, please be quiet

That’s what one apartment complex in Irvine, California wants black residents to do. A flier was placed in the building elevators reminding tenants to keep the noise down when it comes to loud televisions and stereos after certain hours of the night. Basically be mindful of your neighbors. And black folks were the primary targets.


Residents at an Irvine, California, apartment complex were in for an unpleasant surprise when they stepped into the building’s elevator last night. A flier reminding tenants to keep it down at night pointed to black renters as the primary offenders.

A new poster had appeared on two different elevators in Toscana Apartments. The start of the message is innocuous enough, asking residents to be mindful of their neighbors by turning down their TVs and stereos in the evening hours.

But the second half—in bold text—is flagrantly racist: “We also would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.”

The company that owns the apartment complex deny any involvement with the flier. I wouldn’t be surprised if this flier was created by a fellow tenant targeting black residents.  According to the article black folks make up only 1.7% of the population of Irvine.

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