Racial Graffiti At Golf Course

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Spray-painted in bold colors at the top of the sledding hill at Lansing's Waverly Golf Course-- are some of the most offensive symbols and words you can think of.

Our cameras found swastikas, the n-word, depictions of genitalia...

"I'm offended and a little upset. It's just not a place we want something like that to happen," says park-goer Lynn Marla.

Most of the graffiti is too vulgar to show you on television-- racial and ethnic slurs painted all over the walls at the public park in plain view.

One man, who didn't want to be on camera, says the grotesque graffiti isn't fresh.

"It's been here about a week," he says.

A whole week for people to witness the vulgar messages, visible from Michigan Avenue.

According to Councilman Eric Hewitt, the city of Lansing has an ordinance that charges its residents anywhere from $50 to $500 for graffiti on their property if it's not removed.

But is the city is keeping up with its own standards?

"A lot of times we aren't able to get out to properties, especially when they're far out. This is Waverly Golf Course, it's in Lansing Township-- when we find out, we take care of it," Hewitt says.

We were told we were the first people to even report the graffiti--- that's apparently why it hadn't been cleaned.

"Is it the public's responsibility to keep an eye on the city's property?" we asked Hewitt.

"The city's property is everyone's property," Hewitt says.

But it was vandalized under their watch.

Director of Parks and Recreation Murdock Jemerson tells us they had painted over the graffiti on Thursday, just to have it re-graffitied on Friday. But we had seen the same graffiti Thursday, along with our witnesses, and Jemerson later recanted, saying he was misinformed and he wasn't sure the last time the park's wall had been painted.


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