Putting the fence to good use

Wooden fence with "#BLACKLIVESMATTER" and a blank poster board stapled to it, photographed from across a residential street.

We first used our fence in 2004 during the Kerry campaign, which led to some interesting back and forth after someone tore down the sign.  First, my angry and self-righteous initial response.

Me (white lady, brown hair, flowered sundress) standing by a sign that reads, "Republicans do not respect private property or free speech! Republican thugs ripped down our sign and vandalized our fence."

After cooling off a bit, I put up blank posterboard and invited people to use their words rather than tearing down others’ words. This resulted in some great free expression, including thanks for the signs, anger that I had accused republicans of tearing down the first sign, accusations that DU frat boys tore down the first sign; accusations that DU frat boys suck; random graffiti; and (my favorite) a long note from a Japanese person expressing that this was one of the things they liked about our country.

We cranked it up again in 2008 urging people to caucus for Obama.

Wooden fence with poster reading "Barack Obama. Hope. Courage. Vision. Caucus for Obama. February 5, 2008"

Didn’t feel — what?  motivated?  the need? — to do anything in 2016.  Now the moment calls for #BlackLivesMatter.  I suppose later this summer, it will call for a Biden-Abrams poster.

2 thoughts on “Putting the fence to good use

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