Black Woman Confronts White Neighbor Over Altering BLM Chalk Sign

A Black woman caught her white neighbor erasing the word "Black" from the phrase "Black Lives Matter" on her sidewalk chalk sign. This was the fourth time in four days he had erased the word, according to the woman.

This week, Manette Sharick of Concord, California, wrote "Black Lives Matter" repeatedly in different colors on each concrete panel of the stretch of sidewalk in front of her house. But every day, she would find that someone had erased the word "Black."

On the fourth day, however, her video surveillance recorded a man pouring water over the chalk signs. The man told KGO-TV he only wanted to be identified by his first name, Jim.

Sharick recorded her confrontation with the man, which went viral after she posted the video to her Facebook. In the video, Jim asks if she has a permit to write on the sidewalk. She replies that she doesn't need a permit to write in chalk on the sidewalk in front of her house. He also suggests that she write it on her driveway.

"You can be like everybody else in this neighborhood who walk and ride their bikes, and ride around and mind their f***ing business. But you, on the other hand, you wanna cause a problem because you wanna point your nose in business that don't belong to you," Sharick says in the video.

"This neighborhood is my business," Jim replies. Jim suggests that he could call the police, and Sharick responds that she can call the police, too, and will continue to write the chalk sign.

"That's defacing public property," Jim says.

The video below contains language some may find offensive.

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Posted by Manette Sharick on Thursday, July 30, 2020

When KGO reached out to Jim for comment, he explained that he defaced the sign because he believes that all lives matter.

"The only reason I did that because I thought someone was tagging his house with racist thoughts. Do you think the phrase BLM is a racist phrase? I think in the beginning when it started it had good intentions, but I think it's been hijacked," Jim told the station.

After the video went viral, others in the neighborhood also started writing "Black Lives Matter" on the sidewalk in front of their houses.

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A line of homemade protest signs including an image of a black women with a raised black power fist that says, "Black Lives Matter" lay on the steps for people to pick up and use for the march in Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn on July 25, 2020. Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty

This is not the first time a chalk Black Lives Matter sign has been in the news. This June, Lisa Alexander of San Francisco called the police on James Juanillo for writing "Black Lives Matter" on the exterior wall of his house in chalk. In the viral video of their confrontation, Alexander claims she knows who lives in the house, despite the house belonging to Juanillo. She later apologized after the story was reported nationally.

In another incident in June, a neighbor in Ohio called the police after a 9-year-old white girl wrote "Black Lives Matter" on the street. In that instance, the deputies who arrived on the scene told the girl's family she'd done nothing wrong and went to speak to the neighbor who called them. The deputies later returned that weekend to make sure that the little girl would not be disturbed while chalking.

Not all police have been so supportive of chalk signs. Last month, the police chief in the small town of Selah, Washington sent a letter to a family that had chalked "Black Lives Matter" in front of their own house that the markings were "graffiti," and thus illegal. The Selah city attorney agreed, warning the family that the messages could be considered third-degree malicious mischief, which is punishable by a $5,000 fine and one day short of a year in jail.