Berkeley woman confronts man for ripping down Black Lives Matter fliers
BERKELEY – A biracial woman on Friday confronted a white man for ripping down fliers for a Black Lives Matter event in Berkeley, and now a recording of the encounter is going viral.
The woman asked reporters that she only be identified by her first name, Henriette.
“Yeah, I put them up,” she tells the unidentified man at the beginning of the recording, which was uploaded to Facebook and had been shared more than 500 times as of about 7 p.m. “That’s why I’m wondering why you’re taking them down.”
The fliers were for “Chalk for Justice: Black Lives Matter,” an event Henriette organized in response to a neighbor’s complaints about her and her children chalking Black Lives Matter on the sidewalk. The event is set to take place Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m.
“I think it’s obnoxious for you to preach to me and to everybody else,” the man replied. “Did we have a president for eight years who was Black? What the hell is the matter with you?”
Henriette, who told ABC7 News she is biracial, asked the man if he was “aware of all the Black men that are dying in this country right now at the hands of police brutality.”
“If you think that I wasn’t upset to watch George get killed in front of us, you’re wrong,” the man said about George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck. “That was about as obnoxious as I’ve heard. But Black lives matter? Going around preaching? What a bunch of (expletive).”
Henriette, who had her two young children with her, asked the man to watch his language.
“I don’t care,” the man said.
“I guess you’re recording this, but that’s fine, because I have no embarrassment over what I’m doing,” he added. “What you should be is embarrassed, because you’re holding up signs and you’re marching down like you’re a really sorrowful and precious person.”
“No, it’s not about being sorrowful or precious,” Henriette replied. “It’s about being angry that in this country still today unarmed Black people are killed every day at the hands of police.”
The recording ends with the man lambasting Henriette for supporting the defunding of police.
“I imagine if you have anything or anyone that you love, you’re going to be in deep (expletive) and be praying for the police to come back,” he said. “What a dumb (expletive) chick you are.”
In a post accompanying the recording, Henriette said a white neighbor and a passer-by confronted the man as he walked away. She added that the man does not live in the neighborhood and also pointed out that the encounter occurred on Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Americans in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had set them free two years prior.
“This is why it is so important that EVERYONE show their solidarity for #BlackLivesMatter,” she wrote. “This is the kind of racist ignorance that is so pervasive STILL on Juneteenth in 2020.”