James says he was stenciling Black Lives Matter outside the home he has rented for 18 years when he was confronted by a couple who accused him of defacing private property. James says the couple then called the police, however, one of the responding officers recognized him as living at that address.

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“They’re assuming that a person of color can’t live in their own neighborhood,” says James. “I think they had a problem with my skin. They had a problem with the message, and I also believe that they thought I was hurting property values.”

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James captured his exchange with the couple on camera and the video went viral. The couple later issued public apologies for the incident. Watch the video above to see James’ response.

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