Little Mira's elderly neighbor, Billie called reported people yelling and painting in the street, even though it was just the 9-year-old girl outside on the quiet street with some colorful chalks in hand.
There are often situations where we end up learning more from the ones younger than us, maybe our kids or grandchildren, than we do from each other. They might have a lot to teach us, but only if we're open to it. A young girl wanted to join hands with the thousands fighting against racism in this country through a small gesture to express her support. But what she did was met with intolerance by a nasty neighbor.
9-year-old Mira grabbed a few colored chalks, asked her mom for permission and headed outside, to draw in support of the Black Lives Matter protests. "Sweet Mira asked if she could chalk “Black Lives Matter” to show her love. Absolutely! So proud of her kind heart! Aaaand, then 2 cruisers rolled up because the nasty neighbor called the police on my 9 year old," her mom, Jenna Acklin wrote on Facebook.
As it turns out, Mira's elderly neighbor, Billie called the police and reported people yelling and painting in the street, even though it was just the 9-year-old girl outside on the quiet street with some colorful chalks in hand.
Jenna continued, "Mira was chalking by herself and I was reading on the porch swing. The deputies looked at the neighbor and said, 'It’s chalk.'"
According to NBCMontana, 9-year-old Mira Acklin said, "I wrote 'Black Lives Matter. I think that Black and white people, they should be treated the same, and I wanted to show my support and how much I really care about Black people."
In a time when the nationwide protests seem to have drawn a wedge between the law enforcement and civilians, we continue seeing incidents like these that show us that not all cops are racist and brute.
Instead of making the 9-year-old girl stop what she was doing, "They also told us they agree with the statement “Black Lives Matter” and encouraged us to write it larger!" Jenna said.
“They said that I should do it more often, and if it goes away then I should just do it more and more,” Mira Acklin said, according to NBCMontana.
Talking about her daughter's experience with the police, Jenna adds, “She said I’ve seen the police before, but they’ve never been coming to get me. I said you know honey as uncomfortable as you feel, you also have to know your friends and other people of color feel this fear every day, multiplied times one-million. She couldn’t understand why people would hate someone just because of their skin color.”
In the Facebook post, the mother wrote, "I told the deputies I was sorry they were called out and told them I care about their safety and appreciate the work they do."
"I do not regret letting Mira express herself. She is upset and scared but I explained Billie is an example of why we must speak up. Billie screaming 'This neighborhood is going to hell!' over and over again because my daughter wanted to show love speaks volumes. I'm now thinking we need a Pride flag and a BLM flag. Thanks for the push, Billie!"