DENVER | A longtime real estate agent in Denver who was fired for removing Black Lives Matter signs in an affluent neighborhood where she sells homes criticized the protest movement Thursday but said she would do things differently in the future to make her point.
Denice Reich, who sells homes in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood, was fired Aug. 3, according to RE/MAX Alliance Owner Chad Ochsner. Reich had worked for the real estate agency since 1973 and specialized in luxury homes.
Ochsner said multiple posts on the neighborhood’s NextDoor site, a social media platform for homeowners and residents, accused Reich of removing the signs.
“We’re not a company that can condone trespassing on people’s private property and theft,” Ochsner told KUSA-TV on Wednesday. “For us, it doesn’t matter what the politics is.”
Reich’s biography has since been removed from RE/MAX’s website.
She told The Associated Press on Thursday she removed two Black Lives Matter signs and returned them three hours later. She denied that taking the signs was illegal because “people do it all the time,” noting that her signs supporting President Donald Trump were removed four times.
“Black Lives Matter signs represent vanity plates for white guilt,” she said. “They have done nothing to help improve.”
She also called the movement anti-Semitic, very violent, Marxist and “anti-anything that is America.”
The movement has been in the spotlight following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. Demonstrations have called for rethinking policing and an examination of racism in the United States.
Reich said she supports police reform, has donated to a scholarship that helps Black college students and “moved Jews and Blacks into neighborhoods when it was not popular.”
In the future, she said, she would not remove Black Lives Matter signs and instead would work with lawmakers to enact change.
“I want people to love this country. To love this flag and not hate America,” she said.