A campaign sign was burned in the yard of a black family in Huntersville, North Carolina, last Monday night.
"I'm thinking about my kids, it's scary to think what will they do next?" homeowner Kenya Goldsberry told WSOC (video below).
"I think the burning aspect brought up some symbolism that was disturbing for us," added Goldsberry. "People trying to suppress it, intimidate me, that's disturbing."
Goldsberry had a U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D) campaign sign on her yard in a mostly Republican area.
Surveillance cameras recorded a white SUV driving into Goldsberry's driveway, a white man getting out of the car and setting fire to the sign in the yard.
The NAACP of North Carolina is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and state authorities to look into the sign burning as a possible civil rights violation.
“A burning sign in our yard is more than an attempt to silence our free speech,” Ryan Goldsberry told the Charlotte Observer. “A burning sign is a symbol of the undemocratic tactics some will use to impose their will on the whole community.”
“This was a dangerous and cowardly act,” added Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte NAACP. “The sight of someone burning items in your yard is very reminiscent of not too long ago when the Ku Klux Klan terrorized Charlotte.”