A recent anti-Black Lives Matter graffiti in Chittenden County was quickly met with a counter-statement by local residents.
On Wednesday night, a Jericho resident’s home and car were spray-painted with graffiti showing the phrase “BLM” crossed out.
The graffiti was seemingly prompted by a small Black Lives Matter sign that Jericho homeowner Chris Burgess had on his property for over a year, according to an initial report by WCAX.
Within a day, according to a Facebook post by neighbor and local Jericho teacher Brian Walsh, other neighbors quickly came out in support of Burgess, leaving cardboard signs with phrases such as “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “Racists Are Not Welcome Here” around his car.
In recent years, Vermont residents, schools, and towns have reported similar defacements of Black Lives Matter murals and flags. In the summer of 2020, following nation- and statewide protests against racial injustice, Black Lives Matter displays at Milton High School and Frederick Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, were stolen and vandalized, respectively.
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The Jericho graffiti incident is currently being investigated by the Vermont State Police, who reported that there were no known witnesses or suspects at the time. The vandalism has been reported to the Attorney General’s Office as an incident under the agency’s Bias Incident Reporting System.
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