Homeowner receives hate mail after putting up Black Lives Matters sign in her yard

Latoya Johnson reads hate mail she received after putting up a Black Lives Matters sign in her front yard in Bakersfield, Calif., Dec. 16, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A homeowner in the Silver Creek neighborhood of Bakersfield, Calif. is speaking out after a person reportedly sent her hate mail, asking her to remove a Black Lives Matters sign from her yard.

Latoya Johnson received the letter just a few days after putting up the sign.

The letter asked Johnson to remove the sign from her yard because it "is reducing the areas property value." The letter included the N-word several times throughout.

It also read, "We are asking nicely but one time only."

Johnson said she has reported the letter to the Bakersfield Police Department, however, the department said it is unaware of the letter.

"Why is my freedom of speech making you upset?" said Johnson. "That's my right as an American, to have my own freedom of speech. But if it's not harming anyone or myself, why is that a problem?"

She also said she has only one hope for the new year.

"I just want everyone to be equal, and that's what it's all about," she said.

Johnson said she has zero intention of removing the sign from her property.

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