‘Disgusted’ passerby berates women for cleaning Black Lives Matter graffiti off D.C. building

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In a week filled with explosive racial tensions in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, now supporters of Black Lives Matter are making clean-up efforts about race as well.

A video showing a group of women being harassed for cleaning protest-related graffiti from the Lafayette building in Washington, D.C. on Thursday earned plenty of backlash on social media.

“Why are you guys removing Black Lives Matters’ graffiti?” the woman presumably filming the video could be heard asking from her car.

One of the young women explained that they tried unsuccessfully to remove the spray-paint from another part of the building and had moved to a new section in an attempt to clean up. But the driver pressed her on why they were trying to remove the paint at all.

“But why do you want that to come off?” was the inane question to the trio.

One of the women explained it was a federal building while another responded that it was clearly vandalism.

“But so you don’t care about black lives, then?” the woman behind the camera asked in her desperate attempt to make a racial issue out of the scene.

“That’s not at all what we’re saying. We certainly do care about black lives,” one of them responded, turning back around to continue scrubbing.

“Not enough to leave up a message,” the harassing woman continued.

“We don’t disagree with the message, it’s just on the building. We’re just trying to clean it,” another of the young women patiently explained.

In a final outrageous dig at the scrubbers, the complaining woman uttered a smug, “Right,” before yelling: “Not a great way to use your white privilege, ladies.”

“That’s disgusting,” she concluded.

Twitter users blew up over the nerve of the woman who was instantly called out as “Karen,” a term Dictionary.com describes as an “entitled, irritable middle-aged white woman.”

Many began demanding to know who was behind the camera.

Eventually, it was “mystery solved.”

The Facebook page appeared to be removed, however. But the woman who posted the rant and the photos admitted that she was “disappointed in myself for not saying more.”

“White women, we need to do better,” a user named Faith Alice Sleeper wrote o the Facebook post, admitting that she, herself, was a white woman.

“These women disgusted me to my core. Black lives are infinitely more valuable than any building,” she wrote.


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