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Letter from Anonymous Neighbors Claims Artist’s BLM Sign Is Bringing Down Property Values

A 15-year-old artist received an anonymous letter asking her to remove her Black Lives Matter artwork displayed at her home in Lake Oswego. Nandita Kumar painted ‘Silence supports police violence’ on the window of the house last month.

The letter read: “Dear Neighbor, 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).”

The neighbor also wrote, “We feel you’ve made your statement and respectfully request you remove it and save your political viewpoint for inside your home.”

The letter has been widely circulated on social media since the artist’s sister shared it on Twitter.

Under the Twitter name Divya she wrote that in sending the letter the neighbor placed “property value over Black lives.”

Kumar said she painted the artwork to deal with the sadness and anger she felt after the police killing of George Floyd.

“It just feels so insensitive over house prices, come on,” said Julián Jaramillo, who lives nearby in the Lake Oswego community. “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.” He said the letter prompted him to put up his own Black Lives Matter sign at his home.

The city of Lake Oswego made its stance on the matter clear, saying in a Twitter post: “We stand in solidarity with this family.”

Although her family was initially concerned that leaving the artwork up would prompt retaliation from the sender of the letter, they eventually supported her decision to leave the sign in the window. Kumar plans to continue protesting and engaging in conversations about race in her community.

“Even if one person in Lake Oswego or this area feels a little bit less alone, I think that’ll be enough for me,” Kumar said. “This is happening to a lot of people of color, and they don’t have to feel as alone as I did for the past few years. They do have the community, no matter how small.”

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10 thoughts on “Letter from Anonymous Neighbors Claims Artist’s BLM Sign Is Bringing Down Property Values

  1. taya says:

    Seriously this is the stupidest thing ever. ALL LIVES MATTER. However when so.eone says that they want peace and rest when they come home that has absolutely nothing to so with property value that means they have had enough shoved down their throat for the day and just want to relax. Quite frankly if you can’t understand that then you need to go back to school and learn some common decency or respect for others.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Price down for whom?
    Others might see it from the other side.
    Aside from that there is no proof it has driven the price down.

  3. Santino says:

    White people try and be sensitive but many fail! the worst thing a POC can hear is I do not see color come on that’s just not true. Truth is there is no such thing as a color blind society. All we can hope for is that everyone is treated equally and we all know that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

  4. Eugenia says:

    I feel that this shit has gone to far BLM DOESN’T STAND FOR AL BLACK LIVES AND DON’T SUPPORT BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA IN GENERAL AND THE MONEY MADE FROM HARD WORKING BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA HAVE YET TO SEE THE SUPPORT IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT ARE AND HAVE BEEN DESTROYED ANY ORGANIZATION THAT BELIEVES IN DISMANTLING THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY DOESN’T BELONG IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY PERIOD THESES ARE THE PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIVE IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE BEING DESTROYED THAT SUPPORT BLM THAT ARE FOR PLANED PARENT HOOD THAT HAS KILLED MORE THAN 20 MILLION BLACK BABIES SINCE ROLL VS. WADE AND HAVE NO STANCE ON BLACK ON BLACK MURDERS NOT EVEN WHEN IS BABIES BEING KILLED SO I’M FOR THE OTHER HOME OWNERS TAKE THAT SHIT DOWN DON’T BRING MY PROPERTY VALUE DOWN BEHIND A DOPE FEND.

  5. Bo Quick says:

    I believe this race war has gone on long enough. It’s been going on for hundreds of years. And it just seems to get worse with time because people live in the past. We are to forgive and forget and move forward in life. To live as Christian’s, Christlike. But so many people want to call themselves Christians, but live like Satan. We all can continue in this race war and end up in the pits of hell at the end of this age, or seek God to restore and renew our hearts to love one another. WWJD , he would of never put the sign up. Blessed are the peacemakers, read the Beautides in Matthew 5

  6. Diane R says:

    Yeah that’s great! But put a KKK sign in the window and all he’ll will break loose. Both are racist!! It sounds very much like a double standard.

  7. JEP says:

    Don’t you dare take your sign down baby! This isn’t a “political viewpoint” this is basic human rights! Keep your head up and stand tall!

  8. Assholio says:

    How arrogant And ignorant! You have the right…:.. look and over and see your shoulder ❣️

  9. LaKeysha says:

    Some of these comments are really frustrating. You hate what you don’t understand and you don’t try to understand. To compare BLM to the KKK is stupid. I don’t believe the property values have gone down and Property over People is evil. People deserve to live and love in Peace. The Police Brutally and lack of harsher punishments for these bad cops is just a piece of the puzzle, you got people who still wanna see Black Americans enslaved, you got Karen out there Harassing many people of Color. Etc. this isn’t just a black thing it’s an everyone thing. I’f you are so tired of this and want it to end do something about it. Something good and positive. Demand harsher punishments for bad cops, demand justice for these senseless murders and treat people as you’d wanna be treated

  10. Margaret says:

    Oh man, if they think it makes their property value go down, may not want those buyers anyway. We all want kind neighbors. Glad those ones are leaving. Yes, what LaKeysha said. Property over/before People is evil.
    That speaks to me… 🤔

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