Van­dal de­faces Black Oak­land fam­ily’s home

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Ta­tiana Sanchez Ta­tiana Sanchez is a San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: ta­tiana.sanchez@ sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @Ta­tianay­sanchez

A van­dal de­faced a Black fam­ily’s Oak­land home, spray­paint­ing “all lives mat­ter” and other graf­fiti on the ex­te­rior of the house late Satur­day night or early Sunday morn­ing.

Tacelia Sene­gal, 52, has lived in the home in the Mel­rose neigh­bor­hood with her fam­ily since she was a child. She was out of town and was alerted to the van­dal­ism when a neigh­bor called Sunday morn­ing.

Sene­gal said she does not know why her home was tar­geted.

“It’s dis­heart­en­ing,” she told

The Chron­i­cle. “I don’t have any en­e­mies. There’s no­body that I know that would do this . ... We’re all just kind of dumb­founded.”

Sene­gal said she filed a po­lice re­port. Oak­land po­lice did not re­ply to re­quests for com­ment Sunday af­ter­noon.

The van­dal­ism struck a nerve in the tight­knit, tra­di­tion­ally Black neigh­bor­hood, which has been gen­tri­fy­ing in re­cent years, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents. Neigh­bors de­scribed it as a di­verse and wel­com­ing com­mu­nity that openly sup­ports the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

The phrase “all lives mat­ter” is fre­quently used by op­po­nents of Black Lives Mat­ter, who ar­gue that peo­ple should not only ad­vo­cate for jus­tice and equal­ity for Black peo­ple, but all Amer­i­cans.

The van­dal spray­painted the phrase at the front and on a side of the home, along with an ex­ple­tive and two car­i­ca­tures.

“It’s bold,” said Dave An­gelillo, who lives two doors down from Sene­gal. “It’s like in the mid­dle of the block.”

An­gelillo said he was sur­prised to see the van­dal­ism be­cause many peo­ple have lived in the neigh­bor­hood for many years and the com­mu­nity is “very di­verse.”

Long­time res­i­dent Elizabeth Get­tel­man Gali­cia said she had not seen that kind of van­dal­ism in the com­mu­nity un­til Sunday morn­ing.

“This is a his­tor­i­cally Black, work­ing­class neigh­bor­hood where gen­tri­fi­ca­tion is al­ready a threat to Black liveli­hood,” Gali­cia said. “Neigh­bors here are vo­cal racial jus­tice ad­vo­cates, but this makes clear that hate and big­otry is ev­ery­where; we have to root it out, in our­selves and our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Sene­gal said she’s fo­cus­ing on the pos­i­tive in light of what hap­pened.

“I know there’s still good,” she said. “I treat peo­ple the way that I want my chil­dren and my fel­low hu­mans to be treated. The way that I wanted to be treated. But I’ve grown up with enough drama to know that we don’t al­ways get treated the way we want to, so it’s incumbent upon us to take that ex­tra step and go be­yond the dis­ap­point­ment and dis­heart­en­ing sit­u­a­tions and stay pos­i­tive.”

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