The black and white "ribbons" displayed at several homes in a Lower Macungie neighborhood express the reaction of residents to an ugly racial aspersion cast late last week:
They don't like it.
A week ago, an African-American family who lives on Sequoia Drive woke to find that "KKK" had been spray-painted across the garage door of their home and reported it to state police at Fogelsville.
The act has been classified criminal mischief and occurred between 10:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7, police said.
The garage door has since been painted over.
A day or two after the incident, residents found a "ribbon" made of black and white construction paper had been anonymously delivered to each home, according to a neighbor who declined to give her name.
On the back of each "ribbon" was an anti-racist statement, she said.
Several homes on the street displayed them as a show of support. Some were attached to doors or trees, others were displayed through windows from the inside. At least one was affixed to a garage door.
"We're usually very close-knit and friendly," said the neighbor who has lived on Sequoia Drive for the past eight years.
"Nothing like this has ever happened before," she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.