But every time they write a message, they wake up the next morning to find that the word Black, and only that word, has been deleted.
Sharick, Black, told CNN: “I just wanted to teach my daughter that black life matters, black culture, the black community is important and we are advocates. for black life ”. “I’m shocked that someone could have done this on purpose. It hurt a lot, made me extremely uncomfortable.”
After three days of what she called “overwhelming disappointment”, Sharick wrote a message while looking directly at her security camera.
That’s when she saw a man she said she had never met and only knew as Jim, pouring water on the message. In a video Sharick recorded on her phone after running out facing him, the man told her he would keep deleting the word “as long as she keeps doing this.”;
He added that he removed “Black” from the Black Lives Matter because he felt in the head of the movement “it had good intentions” but now the phrase has been “robbed”.
CNN was unable to reach out to Jim for comment as he has not yet revealed his last name.
A ‘blatant display of racism’
Sharick moved in the neighborhood 27 years ago. She said it was the first time she had faced “such a blatant racism.”
“He has a lot of time and energy to spend time in the day, every day to bring water to my house and remove ‘Black’ from ‘Black Lives Matter’,” she added. “It hurts. It hurts a lot. As a black community, we are so heartbroken that everything is against us every day. We just want to change.”
After sharing the video on Instagram and Facebook on July 30, the news began to spread. The next day, Sharick said dozens of people from inside and outside the neighborhood came in front of Sharick’s house with chalk to draw supportive messages across her sidewalks and even in front of their own homes.
One of these neighbors is Ilana Israel Samuels, who told CNN she refused to be silent after discovering someone in her neighborhood was facing discrimination.
“Everyone needs to support their Black neighbors. All life doesn’t matter until Black’s lives are important. Right now, Black’s lives are being harmed by the police. , they kill and they live in fear, ”Samuels said.
After neighbors left the sidewalk with positive messages encouraging love, hope, and kindness, as well as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Sharick and her daughter continued to rewrite the message every day. .
Since support ended, the man did not attempt to delete the message again.
“I am extremely thankful and fortunate that wonderful, unique, special people in my life have supported me, supported me, and comforted me,” Sharick said. the help and support we have received from the community. ”
While words can be washed away and chalk can fade, the message of this community will last forever.