San Francisco Couple Get’s Backlash Over Black Lives Matter Stencil

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The reference “black lives matter” can be heard throughout social media, the news as well as violent and peaceful protest since the death of George Floyd.

A San Francisco woman Lisa Alexander along with her husband, Robert Larkin, confronted a neighbor for using chalk to stencil a Black Lives Matter message on his Pacific Heights property has apologized, and her husband has lost his job.

The confrontation was caught on video and has been viewed by millions. It shows Lisa Alexander and her husband Robert Larkins confronting James Juanillo, his husband and five of the couples friends for stenciling Black Lives Matter in chalk on a retaining wall in front of his own home.

The couple told him he was acting illegally, claimed the home wasn’t his property and that they knew the owner.

Lisa Alexander threatened to call police on James Juanillo, who is Filipino.

She has since apologized, saying she had no business intervening. Birch Box, a popular beauty subscription service, has dumped her line of cosmetics, LA Face.

On Monday, Raymond James announced in a statement that it had fired Larkins.

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an organized movement dedicated to non-violent civil disobedience in black lives matter historyprotest to police brutality. An organization known simply as “Black Lives Matter” exists as a decentralized network with over 30 chapters worldwide, while a larger Black Lives Matter movement exists consisting of various separate like-minded organizations such as Dream Defenders and Assata’s Daughters. The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people, as well as for various other policy changes considered to be related to black liberation.

In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown—resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, a city near St. Louis—and Eric Garner in New York City. Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions and/or while in police custody. In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists became involved in the 2016 United States presidential election. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016. The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy.

The movement returned to national headlines and gained further international attention during the global George Floyd protests in 2020 following Floyd’s death by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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