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'I (love) being white' stickers placed on cars, in bathroom at Cary Mexican restaurants

ABC11 Eyewitness News
ABC11 Eyewitness News
 2021-07-28

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A Cary man faces ethnic intimidation charges after what he reportedly did at two Mexican restaurants over the weekend.

Cary Police Department confirmed John Kantz, 60, was arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation. Investigators said he place stickers that said, "I (heart emoji) being white" on vehicles at On the Border on Walnut Street and in the bathroom at Totopos Street Food and Tequila on Kildaire Farm Road.

The stickers were put up on Saturday, July 24.

Ethnic intimidation is a misdemeanor offense in North Carolina.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, condemned Kantz's actions Wednesday.

"We condemn this latest example of the growing racist intimidation of members of minority communities nationwide," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "There are no 'small' acts of hate, and every bigoted incident must be repudiated by Americans who seek to challenge systemic racism."

Hooper said CAIR stands with any Americans facing anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy or any other form of bigotry.

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