LAKE OSWEGO, OR (KPTV) – A young artist was asked to remove artwork in support of the Black Lives Matter movement from her home. She painted ‘Silence supports police violence’ on the window.

The request to remove it came in an anonymous letter from a neighbor.

Now, the letter is going viral on Twitter after the artist’s sister posted what happened. 

“Dear Neighbor,” the anonymous sender wrote. “We want to come home to a beautiful street where neighbors care and support one another. We have three homes on our street that are trying to sell for the best price possible. Your sign is driving down interest to live on this street, hence our property values suffer (including yours).”

It goes on to say, “We feel you’ve made your statement and respectfully request you remove it and save your political viewpoint for inside your home.”

“We say a lot when we are anonymous,“ said Julie Newton, who lives nearby. “I think people need to be able to express their opinions in whatever way they can.”

The letter is one of several like it posted in response to the tweet, showing the Black Lives Matter movement remains a controversial and divisive one, even if it was never meant to be.

“It just feels so insensitive over house prices, come on,” said Julián Jaramillo, who lives close to where the sign was painted and says it’s that house which encouraged him to put BLM signs up at his own house. “I hate that they got the letter, and I hate that we live in a community… that feels they’re entitled to ask for somebody to remove and change their point of view just because the house up the street is for sale. I mean, that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

The city of Lake Oswego responded in a Twitter thread, saying in part: “We stand in solidarity with this family… Everyone should be able to thrive in Lake Oswego without worrying about how the color of their skin affects their opportunities. No one should have to live with suspicion and fear of one’s neighbors.”

It goes on to say, “Please join us in stamping out racism, intolerance, and fear in Lake Oswego.”

“I do not think that a sign in a window bespeaks the safety, or the peace, or the concern of a neighborhood for each other that would drive down house values,” said Newton.

Jaramillo said, “I would ask them to leave it on. Hopefully that will encourage people, non-racist people, to move into the neighborhood.”

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ItzaSeakrit

If someone wants to broadcast their support for Bigoted Lying Marxists, it's their right.

ItsPolitical

I meant to type, I wouldn't be surprised if someone threw a rock THROUGH their window.

ItsPolitical

I wouldn't be surprised if someone threw a rock threw their window.

Police Wife

One of the problems is that it is "OK" to show support for BLM BUT when I show support for my husband and our family in blue I am attacked. My husband has been an officer for 20+ years, never shot anyone, never treated anyone unfairly because of their skin color, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. I am proud of him and his caring nature and shouldn't be worried about expressing my support for the GOOD POLICE OFFICERS OUT THERE

ItsPolitical

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] More people support the men and women in BLUE than blm. Trust me.

NWAmerican

BLM is NOT your parents BLM. It is far more than that now. It is NOT all inclusive, and there is PHYSICAL threats to anybody that opposes their views. If you had the audacity to say that ALL lives matter (which they do by the way), you would be asked to take down that sign and/or face vandalism.

BLM currently is a Marxist militant organization that doesn’t care about Black people even half as much as they do about political Marxism.

If you have put up a BLM sign in the last six months - that means that this is NEW to you and before that you didn’t think that Black live matter ... shame on YOU, you newly woke racists!

All lives matter! Always have always will. Period

Charlatan

No one truly believes all lives matter.

Frederick Fukov

This is so true. Dam man..that's twice in the same thread I'm actually agreeing with you. Out of nearly 8 billion lives on this planet, how many actually matter? How man actually give to life, instead of take. How many lives are unselfish, and sacrifice for others vs how many are just out for themselves, and prey upon others? All lives clearly DO NOT MATTER, and they certainly do not based solely on skin pigment. I, for one, would like to see far more mass executions of career criminals who simply will not change, and will always be a threat to others. Why keep them alive, when THEIR lives..DO NOT MATTER?

ItsPolitical

Some lives more than others.

Frederick Fukov

Why are you so down on the Bureau of Land Management?

ItsPolitical

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sagebrush

If this sign said black lives don't matter, some black thugs and their white allies would have burned the house down by now and the liberal politicians would have been OK with that. It's only free speech if you are a black, otherwise it's racist. No wonder more and more non black people are becoming racist. I know I am.

Janni

Sage I hear you ,you are totally correct in your comment.

Frederick Fukov

Ahhh..but that's exactly what the left wants you to do. They want to divide, and they want to pit one tribe vs the other. You're better than that. Don't fall for it. Their are good in all colors, and there are bad in all colors. Be one of the good, and don't judge all, just because the minority of a group..is just plain wrong.

ItsPolitical

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Frederick Fukov

The neighbor who sent the anonymous note is so typically dated Lake Oswego. They didn't used to call it Lake No _egros for nothing. What a control freak kinda thing to do, and also pretty stupid. How tough would it be to figure out who sent it, because it obviously came from one of the three houses that are up for sale.

People who go out of their way to confront and try to "behavior change" others, are really pretty mental. They lack self awareness, and are astonishingly self absorbed.

It wouldn't be my choice to make a statement like that in my home.I tend to not draw attention to myself or my home like that, but if they do..just ignore it. Someone who is looking to buy, won't not buy because someone down the street is projecting at a time when it's fairly trendy.

SanchezB

It is your property, you can put a sign up if you want. If someone doesn't like it, maybe they should move.

Charlatan

Technically, that is inside the house. Just another whiny Karen being a whiny Karen.

Beyondthewhy

Sorry Charlatan, your the Karen! No one is asking the artist to change her opinions at all. They just want to remove the garbage cluttering the window that is clearly visible from the outside. How would you feel if the person painted a confederate flag in the window? Would you still be speaking up for the persons rights then.

Frederick Fukov

Ya know..I'm not a fan of Charlatan..at all..but in this case, I agree with him. That you try to equate what is in the window to someone posting a rebel flag..is absurd, and pretty much ends your argument right there. The person who sent the note, anonymously, because SHE is a coward, has no right at all to ask the young artist to change her home in any way. It's just petty and sanctimonious that she would do that in the first place.

Your home is either going to sell or not sell on it's own merits. No one who would be a good neighbor in that neighborhood, would refuse to buy one of the three homes, based on what's in a window down the street. What a pea brain thing to do, and trying to justify it is even worse.

Beyondthewhy

Doesn't have to be a confederate flag, could be anything that Charlatan would be opposed to. Perhaps, a swastika or KKK hoods. If I was going to buy a house, I would be looking at everything in the neighborhood, not just the house I intended to purchase. Would you buy a house with neighbors that have 3 barking dogs in the backyard, or their lawn and flowerbeds are overgrown. Would you seriously buy the perfect house in a terrible neighborhood? I don't think you would. Chances are the person who sent the letter, is probably one of the real estate agents and has to explain the garbage in the window to every potential buyer.

Charlatan

A friend of mine has one is his house. I think it's stupid, but it's his house so it's his choice how to decorate it.

ItsPolitical

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Dwinch

Sad fact that property in or near Portland has lost value and will continue to, as long as democrats are in charge.

SanchezB

That is not a fact. The fact is property values have been going up since they fell in 2012 and have continued to go up. It is called supply and demand. Take an economics class.

chillypepper

IDK where you live, but my house in NE Is losing value. Granted , it was terribly over valued IMHO. But still. 3 shootings within 2 blocks of my place the past couple of weeks, one fatal. The joy of the Gun Task Force dismantling in July.

chillypepper

Exactly, has nothing to do with a sign in the window and everything to do with the crime stats. And once the folks who can actually pay the taxes leave, it will be Baltimore of the West.

ItsPolitical

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nativepdx

This is news?

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