Road Work Sign Displays Racial Slur

ALLEN PARK (WWJ) – A road work sign that normally carries messages about construction projects or lane closures was plastered with a hateful message in the overnight hours.

State police said an unauthorized person took over the sign along westbound I-94 near Livernois before the Southfield interchange.

The message in lights made a reference to Trayvon Martin, the teen killed by a neighborhood watchman in Florida, and included a racial slur.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi said that at around 1 a.m. Monday someone was able to get into the box attached to the portable sign and pull out the keyboard.

He said that whomever is responsible knew what they were doing.

“These signs, obviously, are in cabinets which someone has to break into. And then they have to be knowledgeable as to how to erase the message that’s on there, create a new message and activate it,” Morosi said.

Morosi said they sent a crew out to the scene to address the issue as soon as they learned of it. The sign is now back on message, warning drivers about a construction project ahead.

The WWJ newsroom had been receiving multiple calls about the message.

Area resident Ken Furgama of Melvindale wasn’t happy to hear about it.

“I’d just hope it was an isolated train of thought, you know, but I do believe there are a lot of ignorant people still out there,” he told WWJ’s Ron Dewey. “I’m just sorry it happened.”

Reverend Wendell Anthony, of the Detroit Office of the NAACP, said it didn’t surprise him.

“We know that we’ve got some foolish people in all communities, in all races, in all ethnicities. But it is up to us who are wiser, who know better, to stand up, speak out, call it out, and let’s try to fix it as long as we’re able,” Anthony said. “So, I am not discouraged. I am still very much encouraged.”

MDOT is investigating with the help of Michigan State Police.  Morosi said that whoever is responsible could face some pretty serious charges.

RELATED: Construction Project Along I-94 Resumes 

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  • liberty

    Ron, ignorance is the wrong word. Bigotry and stupidity would be closer to describing the type of person who does things like these.

    • changomango

      So Trayvon was a bigot and stupid? He referred to himself in such terms!

      • Alan Hughes

        Well played!

      • Steve


        • changomango

          I heard that term several times this morning listening to an African-American morning radio show. The DJ’s also argued among themselves over who was “dirtier” Mexicans or Indians!

          • MTB

            Very good point. Apparently its only acceptable when used in conversation amongst blacks. However, when any other race uses it….it’s racists, bigotry, etc…


            Welcome to our

        • Jeff S.

          Wasn’t Treyvon’s twitter handle “No_Limit_N*****” ?

          • FedUp Florida

            Well, he got the last part right, and apparently there was a limit. Zim made sure of that. One less monkey to reach rape potential.

    • Dogstar

      how do you know a black person didn’t do it?

      • Jeff

        My thoughts exactly. We know for a fact that there are many bl*cks who would love to stoke the fire of hate. The Bl*ck P*nthers to mind.

      • Barry Olamadingdong

        Isn’t it a compliment if another brother calls him that?? I’m confused.

      • jasperddbagghost

        …but hey, that never happens…

        Just like the cardboard cutout of Obama with rope fastened around….a part of it….was ultimately discovered to be the doing of a black person.

      • Jim

        There was a case in East St. Louis last year where a guy wrote a letter demanding that the city get all of the black people out of his apartment complex or face violence. It was signed by the “KKK”. The local media decried the letters as proof of racism. When it was found out by local police that it was a black guy trying to stir up racial tension, the media dropped the story pretty quick. White racists exist, so I don’t want to pretend it can’t be one of those. But enough stories of fake effigies and racist letters have come out that I always question the knee jerk reaction.

      • richhenk

        “…And then they have to be knowledgeable as to how to erase the message that’s on there, create a new message and activate it,” Morosi said.

        This is how I know.

        All joking aside I thought the same thing. It might not even be in the sense of ‘Trayvon is my N*****’ but rather by those in this country actively trying to start a race war.

      • daveca

        …in an attempt to create an Agenda in Detroit with a large black population…

        No, radicals with an agenda would NEVER do such a thing.

        Maybe it was whoever NBC just fired.

      • yankeefan

        break into something yea, reprogram a digital road sign, I doubt it.


      Most likely a “The Blaze” or “Daily Caller” or “Breitbart” fan, judging by the VAST quantity of racist hate spewed on those sites.

      • Spanky Spankster

        Dems can’t win on policy or performance so they resort to slander, playing the race card, demonization, vitriol, hatred, fabrication, class conflict, etc..

        • Dave-O

          You left out Voting Early and Often.

      • Barry Olamadingdong

        Talk about ignorant!

      • OUCK OFAMA

        Payback is a B***H sucka.

    • Tasmanian_Devil

      No, it is called PAYBACK!

      For what Sharpton, Jackson and the Black Panthers sowed.

    • Citizen Pain


    • Alan Hughes

      What about the mass of blacks who actually kill people? Isn’t that a better example of hate?

    • johnkmassage

      who in their right mind would back that sneak thief attacker. You put the S in Stupid. I bet you can’t even hold down a real job

  • Steve

    I guess they didn’t have room for his Twitter name No_limit_Ni@@a

    • Michael true…what a handle….no doubt he was a street thug…the media of course shows pics of him when he was around 12 before the tats and gold tooofs…

      • Disco Harvey

        I think the correct word is toofuses, no toofs.

        • Norbert G. Ginsel

          A grill, as in automobile grill. Bling fo’ yo’ mouf. It’s poof yo’ gots CLASS, man!

  • Shepherd

    … and there is a possibility that this was done by dems operatives hoping to incite racial reactions. Never underestimate the race baiter.

    • Steve

      …or a nameless NBC producer.

      • aichtuttle

        Does Eric Holder have an alibi?

        • Barry Olamadingdong

          “Does Eric Holder have an alibi?’

          He’s currently involved in operation “Black and Furious.” He’s not available for comment.

        • changomango

          He was doing the First Hoo in the Rose Garden.

        • changomango

          He was out on a booty call with Sandra Fluke.

  • Steve

    Karl Rove was seen in the area just before the sign changed……

    • changomango

      Funny how Karl Rove has never disparaged any minority group yet he’s hated by liberals and Joe Biden has furthered negative ethnic stereotypes on several occasions without a peep from the left.

      • Jeff

        Please stop bringing facts into the conversation. It confuses many on the hateful left.

      • Barry Olamadingdong

        There you go — bringing facts into this…

      • kaycee

        Karl Rove hates white people.

      • Rakes

        Bingo. The DNC is the largest group engaging in chronic abuse of double standards.

    • Mike

      Maybe it was Marion Barry looking for some crack?

  • changomango

    Who ever did this knew how to operate a keyboard and didn’t misspell a word, not even Trayvons name, must’ve been a young Obama zombie!

    • Buck Farack

      You’re right. After all, just last week we learned how conservatives are stupid. Therefore they would never know how to do this.

    • Barry Olamadingdong

      Yeah, I’m sure it takes an engineering degree from MIT to operate the thing…

      • daveca

        ..not if State workers use it…

  • Barry Olamadingdong

    Maybe it was the ghost of “No_Limit_Ni@@a”

  • Tasmanian_Devil

    Probably MILD compared to what’s in store if the coloreds decide to riot in Florida!

    This kind of reaction is simply a reply to the bile spewed by Sharpton, Jackson and the Black Panthers.

  • R

    Bush did it

    • Spanky Spankster

      Maybe the Tea Party, too! And Reagan, Millard Fillmore, and Abraham Lincoln – they were all in on it!

  • aichtuttle

    The bigots are almost exclusively on the Left in this case.


    And the sign was RIGHT, in Trayvon’s own words! No_limit_Ni@@a

    New movement started by New Black Panther Party, it’s the Trayvon Martin Back to Africa Movement. Donations for the required ships being taken now!

    They want Obama to be their King.

    • Kim Baliey

      No Here. They can have King Obongo in Africa and Queen the Mooch Mochelle.

  • robertg

    Nice to see how the President has revived racism in this country with his divisive talk.

  • Lotowndedayud

    Dogstar ? … your question …

    how do you know a black person didn’t do it?….

    MDOTs’ Rob Morosi answers you, please note

    then they have to be knowledgeable as to how to erase the message that’s on there, create a new message and activate it

    that elinates ChimpDom bro

  • Joe Smitj

    If only there was an actual leader in this country to denounce the racial animosity the race hustlers are peddling, if only there was a leader to denounce the class warfare of a bunch of entitled communists at Occupy. Instead we have a race hustling, communist sympathizing, anti-American working overtime to drive this country apart into as many dependent groups as possible.

    It’s absolutely shameful what has happened to the office of President of the United States of America. I can honestly say I never thought I’d see a president act as sleazy and disgusting as this one has.

    • kaycee

      Oh, I dont know. Reagan selling arms to Iran was pretty disgusting. Theres plenty of other things…including some of the actions of Obama. You should do some research.

      • Desert Eagle

        Or maybe Jimmy Carter aiding the Afghans in ’79.

      • Saul

        Reagan never sold arms to Iran, twit. Israel did.

        • kaycee

          LOL…keep telling yourself that you stupid American zombie.

    • daveca

      “Instead we have a race hustling, communist sympathizing, anti-American working overtime”

      And to prove your statement, Russian TV is now LYING about this incident too, and attacking NRA and Chuck Norris.

      Pretty lame.

  • Blake

    Whoever did this will face serious charges, but the Black Panthers can put a bounty out on Zimmerman’s head and they continue to walk free. Ain’t America grand?

    • daveca

      Whoever did WHAT?

      What laws were broken? B&E into a MACHINE?

      MAybe a little vandalism charge?

      Id think with the REAL crime in Rock City, theyd have other things to do.

      Notice who said “there would be serious charges”

      Someone named Morosi who has nothing to do with LAW enforcement.

      But apparently has an Agenda.

      Hell where Im from, if the sign said “cracker”, wed be out getting T shirts that said “im a cracker” and wearing them for fun.

  • Steve

    It was Obama’s white half.

  • ConanTheRepublican


    • Kim Baliey

      Obama and Eric Holder are behind it. They want to create a race war to cancel the elections and declare Martial Law.

  • luxomni

    False Flag. The person who did this is trying to make white people look bad.

  • Mark Cask

    Is everyone here naive enough to believe this was done by a racist and not a race-baiter?

  • Steve

    I didn’t think there were Republicans in Detroit.

    • bob

      there aren’t, thats why detroit is going down the toilet.

  • The Black Chef

    Dis place sho gone crazy!

    • Moe

      Quiet, numbskull!

  • rlwieneke

    All this Hatred against Blacks is the result of the Black Panthers, Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton stirring up anger at racially tense social events. They should all be arrested and their organizations disbanded.

  • Disco Harvey

    For those of you using the handle “NO_LIMIT_NI@@A,” be careful. His grieving young mother has trademarked that phrase. I believe you’ll owe her royalties if you aren’t careful.

    • changomango

      Aaahhh, would that royalty be one crack rock or two?

  • muhamed

    so someone from the black liberation theology, al sharpton or jacksons group, hijacked a sign and wrote a racist message to cause a firestorm. Yup, that sounds about right…or,maybe it was the black panthers.

    question though….if it would have ended in a, and not er, would have been cool and hip like the gangsta rappers use it?

  • Kim Baliey

    Tryvon said so himself …He was the No LIMIT NI66ER so I don’t see why Ni66ers get upset when Eric”My People”Holder call Obama Ni66er and viceversa.

  • BarneyCrush

    False flag almost certainly…and done by those looking to cause a race war….our President loves stuff like this; to prove how horrible whitey is and how terribly victimized blacks are…false flag….I really hope they catch the race baiters involved…but they won’t.

  • TSV

    Actually Obama has more in common with Zimmerman than he does with Trayvon.

    Obama and Zimmerman are both half white.

    • daveca

      ..and Obama is all pro-Hispanic, especially illegal ones.

      strange brew on this one.

      Someone had this all planned out and it backfired BIG TIME.

      They stepped in it with BOTH feet…

  • Earnest T. Bass

    These road signs are easy to hack. Just google it.

  • Earnest T. Bass

    Obama is a racist pig

    • Barry Olamadingdong

      Great! Now were insulting pigs! Where will it all end?

  • daveca

    Where Im from, and WHEN im from, people werent so thin skinned.

    They werent LOOKING for a crisis. especially a manufactured one.

    OK, so for equality, there should be another sign that says Zimmerman is a Cracker.

    OOPs… he want “whitey”

    Interesting how this manufactured race war backfired.

    with NBC and now Russian TV LYING about it, and Obama getting involved, TELL me this all wasnt set up..

  • Steve

    I bet it was a Hispanic Democrat!!

  • LorenzoLlama

    I will be a box of donuts that whomever “hacked” that sign is a desciple of Saul Alinsky and is TRYING to create racial strife. Racial strife gets the Revs Jackson and Sharpton paid. racial strife means voter turnout for Obama and Democrats. Read “Rules for Radicals”. The left is capable of absolutely anything.

  • jerryg.

    Obama’s “plumbers” @ work. Oh, you thought only Nixon had them ?

  • Steve

    Was the roadsign made by Halliburton????

  • rodpeters

    Not sure what the problem is with this sign. Is stating facts publicly a crime now?


    that word is used about 100 times in a single hiphop song. betcha is was one of them who did it.

  • rosietheterrorist

    I just read on the blaze that a white CNN reporter, without any warning, blurted out the words “f—— n——” live on the air. I wonder how many homes that went into to?
    The Clintons were the first ones to bring up the fact that Obama wasn’t a natural born citizen, they said the birth certificate was a phony. Supposition is that they dropped it when Obama agrees to make her the Secy of State.

  • Kim Baliey

    Patriots :; Do Not Act with Violence against Blacks.
    —The Community organizer is behind these marches and protests. Ha wants race War so he can cancel the Elections and Rule by Decree forever with Pelosi and Black Caucus in charge of Congress.
    Beware….and Be Smart!.

  • bahiabob

    Bush did it!

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  • Fred Rick

    We all know a white man did this, cuz all minorities are just too stupid to do this job themselves.

  • JamesDean

    Well what is he then?

    • Jones


  • supershwa

    There was an issue of 2600:The Hacker Quarterly that covered how to do this. The common “Caution – Zombies Ahead” message has been used over and over all across the U.S.

  • beefrank

    Typical liberal tactics.

  • John Freiheit

    I am tired of the doble standard. Chris Rock has a comedy routine he makes millions from that says there are two types of black people.. blacks and n******. And Trayvon himself and his friends referred to him as exactly that. So its ok for black people to use the term even on themselves… but if whites do its racist ? Sorry you played the race card one too many times. According to the definition established by Chris Rock.. and according to TRAYVON HIMSELF… he was in fact a N*****.

  • Mike

    Distasteful perhaps, “hateful” not so much…

  • WilliamPenn

    No one is allowed to know what the sign actually says because it contains “the word that is forbidden to be spoken.” It’s like something out of medieval sorcery.

    • bob

      ” Lord Voldermort” ????

  • AROD

    This is news?

  • Alan Hughes

    White folks are getting uppity! They are talking back! It’s good to see, keep it up.

  • Stew

    This very well could have been carried out by some punks, anybody can Google the instructions for a construction sign HOWEVER, The Obama campaign has benefited very well by the TM case being pinned on whites It seems the Black community is so polarized now they would never vote for Romney,Hillary or any Ofay. Coincidence?

  • JameT

    Funny this took place in the most segreated city in the entire US. A city that stated to burn itself down if external management is applied. Must be nice to be a lib. Go hope and change!

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