Pranksters — suspected to be local teens — dressed in gorilla costumes stole a Black Lives Matter sign from a St. Louis yard, drawing anger from homeowners over the stunt.
In the footage, the gorilla-clad individuals believed to be teens, danced around like monkeys before taking off with the pro-Black Lives Matter sign at the Missouri residence.
According to Fox9, the homeowners, who are parents to young children, believed the sign could facilitate a potential dialogue on race.
The couple were at home with their children when the incident took place on Sunday evening.
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Recalling the event, Bridget Ginnis said: “I could see three teenage kids in full ape costumes. One was holding up a BLM sign. They were all making ape noises and they were mimicking ape movements and pounding on the fronts steps.”
“We put the sign out because we wanted to start a conversation,” she allowed. “We’re trying to educate ourselves as white parents trying to raise great, responsible, friendly white kids.”
The prank was captured on surveillance footage which showed five individuals approaching the house to nab the sign.
The neighborhood close to Browndale Park has several pro-BLM signs on display to confer support to the activist movement that has taken the world by storm following the in-custody death of suspected fraudster George Floyd.
“Worst case scenario, it was a blatantly racist act,” husband Sam Ginnis said. “Best case scenario, they are so sheltered from the world they don’t understand. And I think there’s a problem with both scenarios.”
Despite the intentions of the young ape-clad pranksters, St. Louis police indicated that they were investigating the incident.
“I know some people think its hijinks’ or kids being kids but we’re speaking up today because silence is compliance,” Bridget said before adding: “The conversation has to continue,” as the topics discussed by BLM continue to assert cultural dominance.
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