8-year-old holds Black Lives Matter protest after vandalism in Texas Charter Township

8-year-old Eleanor and her younger brother Ezra are supporting Black Lives Matter with homemade signs in Texas Charter Township. (WWMT/ Trisha McCauley)

Eight-year-old Eleanor and her younger brother Ezra are trying to spread kindness in Texas Charter Township.

“We’re out here protesting in support of Black Lives Matter," Eleanor said.

On Thursday, July 30, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office said at least four businesses in Texas Charter Township were vandalized overnight. Deputies said someone spray-painted messages reading, "ALM," or All Lives Matter, along with expletives about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on buildings, sidewalks and street signs.

“We seen something in a different neighborhood that was mean to Black Lives Matter," Ezra said.

Kristen Lownds said her daughter Eleanor asked what they could do to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We saw the graffiti that had been painted and we decided that that’s not what Texas Charter Township is about," Lownds said. "We just kind of wanted to make sure that people knew that that’s not what we stand for.”

The family spent their Saturday morning on the sidewalk of Texas Corners with homemade signs, demonstrating kindness.

When asked why it is important to show kindness, Eleanor said, “So that we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings.”

Lownds said she was proud to see her kids stand up for the movement.

“We’re just trying to support our kids and teach them that when they see something that’s not okay, that they should do something about it and they should speak up, so that’s what we’re doing here today," she said.

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