Black Mom Uses Sidewalk Chalk To Send A Message To 'Co-Op Karen'


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You can add sidewalk chalk to a list of "offenses" that will be reported by "Karens."

A Black mother got creative after she says a woman in her NYC co-op complained about her toddler's use of sidewalk chalk.

Ashley Woodfolk (@ashleywrites on Twitter) posted the now-viral image of the message she left for her neighbor who she says complained to the neighborhood board about her child's use of sidewalk chalk.

"GOOD EVENING TO EVERYONE EXCEPT the woman at my co-op who complained to the board about me and my toddler using sidewalk chalk in the courtyard," Ashley wrote online, before adding a little twist.

"So I wrote her a little letter. In sidewalk chalk. In the courtyard," the tweet continues, captioning a photo of a lengthy message facing the co-op building.

In a separate picture, Ashley shared a screenshot of the message she apparently left her neighbor:

"This will be my last time using sidewalk chalk in the courtyard since it seems to be such a problem for you (and only for you). I'm sorry harmless fun that brought my toddler joy (and has actually helped him learned all of his letters and most of his numbers –– his favorites are E and 8) causes you so much distress that you had to complain to the board and waste everyone's time when our building has much bigger real problems.
"I think you're aware that we're in a pandemic and while I'd love to take my kid to museums and the movies I don't feel safe doing that, and sometimes even local parks are more crowded than I'm comfortable with. The courtyard was a safe space but now there are limits on that too. There only a few weeks of nice weather left, and I sincerely hope you enjoy the use of the sidewalk-chalk free courtyard for the remainder of the fall. And I hope that every time it rains, rain that would have washed away any colorful ABCs I wrote on the ground, you think of me."

"All my love, Ashley," she signed the note.

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