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Vandalized signs and inflammatory letters: Black Lives Matter supporters find hostile messages outside their front doors

Original post made on Sep 25, 2020

A string of Black Lives Matter signs in Palo Alto have been vandalized, stolen or anonymously responded to with inflammatory letters since as far back as June.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 25, 2020, 6:59 AM

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Posted by Educator
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2020 at 8:24 am

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We know from the positive conservative response to Kyle Rittenhouse murdering two BLM protestors that the right has long given up wanting to engage in civil discourse. We SHOULD be scared of these people living among us.


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Posted by Vote!
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:21 am

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Freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental American right. However, as the saying goes, your freedom to wave your fist ends before my nose. I am scared that people who claim BLM movement to be a Nazi movement live among us too. How can we have a civilized discussion, if one side just screams and spews hate? And after all of these hate actions - they actually claim victimhood for their opposing views are not popular in liberal places such as Palo Alto, so they are "afraid" to speak out. You know what is the scariest part? These same people are the ones to own a great number of guns. So, how can we have a conversation that leads somewhere productive?


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:02 pm

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If you openly support an organization that refers to themselves as "trained Marxist's" openly engage in looting, rioting and burning down the country (at our expense), aggressively blocks the freeways, etc. backlash will happen. Sadly, too many naive people are hoodwinked, and don't understand the BLM movement. I've read 2/3 of African Americans don't support BLM. Equality - yes. A Marxist organization? No, thank you.


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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:10 pm

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We live in a very divided nation. BLM, if you study the information on their website, which I believe has recently been removed, taken down or edited, is run by some very radical founders who also happen to be anti-police and who have encouraged violence. They are receiving millions of dollars in funding from far left organizations and donors. You have to wonder what the real agenda is.

There is no dialogue possible with people who will not even try to listen or understand an opposing point of view and the truth is
BLM has done nothing to improve the lives of Black Americans. I find it interesting that most of the violent rioters are not black, though there are some, and most of the rioters don't live in the cities they are destroying.

There is nothing peaceful about what they are doing despite the claims by local government officials and the media. While the signs express a sincere sentiment, the organization does not.


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Posted by We, the people, can do better.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm

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In a democracy, we all have the right to make strong, non-violent civil arguments toward their case for any position. However, trespassing on private property in the dead of night to deface property is cowardly, illegal, childish.

This behavior speaks volumes about the character of the people doing it. If they believe in what they are saying without reservation or guilt, they wouldn't be sneaking around. Their behavior says to me they feel ashamed.

People's lives matter. Sadly, black people's lives have not been valued and treated with the care they deserve. We can do better, and we should.


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Posted by We, the people, can do better.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:31 pm

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The above is not a BLM statement. It is my own view. I don't believe in defunding police, but I do believe we need police reform. We give a lot of power to police. That power should be wielded with great responsibility. We have seen that existing systems have allowed abuse of that power, especially toward people of color. That needs to change.

Let's not allow ourselves to be divided into ideological tribes on this. Racism is a complex and painful issue, and it requires nuanced, sensitive discussion and solutions.






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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2020 at 5:36 pm

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@ We, the people... If you take an honest look at facts and reliable statistics, you will see that black people commit a disproportionate number of crimes based on their percentage of the population. This is not made up. It is fact. I agree that it requires discussion and solutions, but until blacks acknowledge these facts and stop crying that they are victims of racism it will never happen. Unfortunately this has become political and the liberal left and mainstream media support this false narrative. You can either accept responsibility for your own condition or blame your circumstances on someone else and there are many Black Americans who agree with what I just said. Unfortunately, when they speak out they are labeled as "not black, Uncle Tom's and a number of other derogatory terms." So we can do better, but it takes being honest.


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Posted by Maybe we can do it
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2020 at 9:39 pm

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I will just say wow.
If I didn’t feel strongly enough about protesting before...
It’s attitudes such as the one above “agree that it requires discussion and solutions, but until blacks acknowledge these facts and stop crying that they are victims of racism it will never happen” that people are in the streets protesting .
What will it take to get through?


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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 26, 2020 at 9:31 am

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@Maybe we can do it .... it will take honesty. What I stated was based on factual data and not emotion, something the political left and mainstream media continues to ignore. Another fact is that many more whites are killed by police officers annually than blacks, and some of those killings have been considered unjust or unwarranted, but we don't see nationwide protests and riots for them and calls for eliminating or defunding the police. And when have you ever seen the family members of these victims interviewed and shown on every major news outlet across the country? Don't their lives matter?

The BLM movement has not taken a position on or addressed the abhorrent numbers of black on black murders that happen in Chicago every weekend. Where are the protests? Is that not hypocritical? Don't their lives matter? Perhaps their agenda is to further divide us as a nation. Given where they are getting most of their funding, it wouldn't surprise me.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 26, 2020 at 11:37 am

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This is SOP for a good number of Palo Alto residents so color me unsurprised. The history of overt racism and hostility, especially toward Black people, was something my grandparents spoke about when they lived in Palo Alto decades ago, and I’ve watched it continue.


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