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PORTLAND -- A controversial banner placed above Interstate 5 in Eugene has that community up in arms.

The sign hung from a pedestrian bridge reads Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

It includes a cross typically associated with white supremacy groups. The city's equity and human rights group said it's important to speak out about those kinds of messages wherever they may pop up.

That's why we have to speak out against that banner and challenge the hate speech cause if we don't challenge hate speech it often times leads to hate crimes, said Michael Kinnisou with Eugene Equity and Human Rights.

Local leaders said they're planning a demonstration in response to the sign to let people know that hate messages are not accepted in the community.

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