Daybreak apologizes for notice to remove Black Lives Matter signs

(Photo courtesy Dan Carlson via Twitter) Daybreak resident Dan Carlson took this photo of a notice he received Aug. 11, 2020, saying his Black Lives Matter sign violated the homeowners association rules. The association later apologized.

The homeowners association that governs the South Jordan planned community of Daybreak apologized Tuesday after residents received notices to remove their Black Lives Matter yard signs.

One of those who received the notice was University of Utah sociology and family and consumer studies professor Dan Carlson, who posted a photo of his notice on Twitter.

“I’m not taking down my sign,” Carlson said in a phone interview Tuesday night, “and it seems I’m not going to be forced to take down my sign.”

Carlson said he had a conversation with the director of the homeowners association, who apologized. She said, according to Carlson, there had been an effort to remove some signs and flags with profanity or that otherwise broke the association’s rules and “someone on her team must have gotten the wrong message.”

A message the association placed on its Facebook page Tuesday read: “Thank you for your concerns and calls regarding the courtesy notice signage tags that were placed on eight resident doors this afternoon.

“Please understand that these tags were placed in error. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience and misunderstandings this may have caused.”

Carlson said he was told all eight notices were given to households with Black Lives Matter signs. Carlson has lived in Daybreak since 2016 and said he’s not aware of an effort to remove any other sort of political yard signs.