This sign by a playground has many up in arms because it says one thing in English and another in Spanish. (Photo courtesy Gaffney)

Playground signs spark allegations of racism

A simple language mix up or a case of racial discrimination? That’s the question being asked about controversial signs at two playgrounds in Milford, Delaware.

Delaware Online reports signs have been posted at two Milford School district playgrounds with different messages for English and Spanish readers. The top sign reads, “Parental or guardian supervision is required for the use of this playground equipment. Play at your own risk.” The bottom sign however, which is in Spanish, reads,“Ustedes debe tener un permiso para jugar en este campo. Violadores seran susceptibiles a accion policial.” This translates to, “You must have a permit to play in this field. Violators will be subject to police action.”

Several people who saw the signs took pictures and posted them on social media outlets, leading to the images spreading across the Internet. The signs sparked outrage among those who wondered why the message to Spanish readers was much harsher than the one to English readers, with some even charging that racism was involved.

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