Black Lives Matter Painted on Street Leading to White House

June 05, 2020 - 2:02 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — In a move that leaves little for interpretation, Washington, D.C. municipal workers and activists on Friday painted "Black Lives Matter" in massive yellow letters on the street that leads to the White House, a confirmation that the city firmly embraces the Black Lives Matter movement and confirms its contentious relationship with its most well-known resident, President Trump.

Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted an aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. The letters and an image of the city's flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op.

Breonna Taylor, on your birthday, let us stand with determination.

Determination to make America the land it ought to be. pic.twitter.com/XOfu6CGEGY

— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020

“The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,’” Bowser tweeted. A black and white sign was put up to mark the change.

The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. pic.twitter.com/bbJgAYE35b

— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020

But the official D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, suggested in a tweet that the move was merely an empty gesture by Bowser, who is African-American.

"This is a performative distraction from real policy changes," reads the tweet. "Bowser has consistently been on the wrong side of BLMDC history. This is to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands. Black Lives Matter means defund the police.

This is a performative distraction from real policy changes. Bowser has consistently been on the wrong side of BLMDC history. This is to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands. Black Lives Matter means defund the police. @emilymbadger say it with us https://t.co/w0ekwSG1ip

— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) June 5, 2020

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