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After a White man repeatedly erased girl's 'Black Lives Matter' chalk drawing in front of her home, neighbors stepped in to show support

August 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Every day for nearly a week, Manette Sharick and her 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, drew "Black Lives Matter" in chalk across the sidewalk outside their home in Concord, California.

(CNN)Every day for nearly a week, Manette Sharick and her 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, drew "Black Lives Matter" in chalk across the sidewalk outside their home in Concord, California.

But every time they wrote the message, they woke up the next morning to find that the word Black, and only that word, had been erased.

"I just wanted to teach my daughter that Black lives matter, Black culture matters, Black communities matter, and that we are the movement for Black lives," Sharick, who is Black, told CNN.

"I was only pouring across the word Black because I believe that all lives matter," Jim told CNN affiliate KGO.

He added that he erased the "Black" from Black Lives Matter because he felt in the beginning of the movement "it had good intentions" but now the phrase has been "hijacked. "

"He had that much time and energy to take time out of his day, every day, to bring water and come to my home and erase 'Black' from 'Black Lives Matter,'" she added.

"It hurt.

It hurt a lot.

As a Black community we are heartbroken by everything done against us every day.

The next day, Sharick said dozens of people from in and out of the neighborhood showed up in front of Sharick's home with chalk to draw supporting messages all over the sidewalk on her side of the street and even in front of their own homes.

All lives can't matter until Black lives matter.

After neighbors left the sidewalk covered in positive messages encouraging love, hope, and kindness, as well as support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Sharick and her daughter continued to rewrite the message every day.

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