SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: A California woman who had confronted and chided a Filipino man for stenciling Black Lives Matter on his own property has apologized for her “racist” actions and said she will take a “hard look at the meaning behind white privilege.”
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported how San Francisco resident James Juanillo had posted a video on Twitter of a white couple, later identified as Lisa Alexander and Robert Alexander, condescendingly questioning him as he was writing the sign with chalk on the retaining wall of his house. As Lisa’s husband filmed her, she asked Juanillo if the house belonged to him before telling him that it was okay to express one’s opinions and they did not have anything against him, but that it was illegal to do so on someone else’s property.
When Juanillo tells them they don’t know who owns the property, Lisa claims that she does know and that’s why she was questioning him. He suggests they call the police on him if they were sure he was committing a crime, at which point they walk away. In the caption of the now-viral clip, which has been viewed close to 15 million times, Juanillo wrote, “A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stenciling 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.”