A white couple in San Francisco stopped to question a person of color Friday for stenciling “Black Lives Matter” – on his own property.
Twitter user @Jaimetoons, identified as James Juanillo, posted a video of the couple accosting him for stenciling the slogan in chalk on the side of his own building.
“A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall,” @Jaimetoons tweeted. “‘Karen’ lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter”
In the video, a woman who was later identified as Lisa C. Alexander, the founder and CEO of Laface Skincare, approaches Jaime as her husband, Robert, videotapes the two from the street.
Lisa then asks: “Is this your property? Hi – I’m asking you if this is your property.”
“Why are you asking?” Jaime asks, to which Robert replies, “Because it’s private property!”
Lisa then adds, “Because it’s private property so… Are defacing private property? You’re free to express your opinion but … just not on people’s properties.”
Shen then goes on to say, “Absolutely. Respectfully. We’re just saying your signs and everything – that’s good. THIS is not the way to do it. It’s private property.”
Juanillo then says, “If I did live here and it was my property this would be absolutely fine?” to which Lisa shoots back, “If it WAS your property.”
Juanillo adds, “And you don’t know if I live here or if this is my property…”
Lisa, grinning, says, “We actually DO know. That’s why we’re asking.”
Juanillo fires back, “Because you live here, right…?” prompting Lisa to respond, “No because we know the person who does, OK? What I’m asking you is why are you doing this?”
Juanillo then says, “And I’m not answering you.” He then suggests, “you can call the cops if you believe I’m committing a crime.”
The couple then calls the police
SFGATE reports that Lisa Alexander’s skin care line has been dropped by makeup company Birchbox.
A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP
— Jaimetoons (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020