DC Paints Huge Black Lives Matter Mural Near White House

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    District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser walks on the street leading to the White House after the words Black Lives Matter were painted in enormous bright yellow letters on the street by city workers and activists Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia’s embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump.

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted 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 after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage.

    “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.

    Bowser’s endorsement of the project follows her verbal clashes with the Trump administration over the response to protests of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Bowser has complained about the heavy-handed federal response and called for the removal of out-of-state National Guard troops. She says their differences highlight the need for D.C. to be a state and have more control over its internal affairs.

    On Thursday, as the protests turned peaceful, she ended a curfew imposed after people damaged buildings and broke into businesses over the weekend and Monday.

    The mayor also tweeted out a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wrote the president to express alarm that peaceful protesters were being confronted by heavily armed federal agents and officers, many of them with their identities and agencies obscured.

    Beth Shafa waves an American Flag near the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia’s embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    City workers and activists paint the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    City workers and activists paint the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    12 COMMENTS

    1. Black hats with black velvet yarmulkas, wearing a black kapota, and matching black socks matter too. If your chasidish you can wear white socks. see I’m not racist.

    2. When will so-called ‘frum’ Jews start to look at their horrible RACISM, an infection of hate they contracted in Europe? Black Lives Do Matter. They were here building America long before any Jews arrived here in steerage.

      • “Calling back the national guard” Great Idea. Abolish the NYC Police. They hate Blacks and Jews. Ask any store or Yeshivah in Brooklyn. Save us 3 BILLION $. Let the Feds pay the national Guard. We pay enough taxes for the feds.

    3. So is your ignorant comment…

      Please consider the thousands of innocent Jews you endanger with your stupid racist comment.
      I am shocked that people in our communities can think, let alone post, like that.
      You are a racist because youre a ignorant scared judgemental fool. Who is blind.
      Whether you like it or not they matter.
      The previous president mattered, it Dosent matter of you liked him or not, he mattered!
      You have 3 black people you don’t like because you had a confrontation with them.
      You also have 3 Jews you don’t like.
      Why do you get upset when people label all Jews as communists, bankers, etc.
      As a grand child of Holocaust survivors I can’t blame an entire race on a few people I don’t like.

    4. Stupidity, no matter how many people believe it is truth, is still stupidity.

      If the blacks don’t help themselves by having family morals and ethics, giving up drugs and crime, and pushing themselves to succeed in education and vocation, NO protest will help them. It isn’t whitey, the blacks have to look inside.

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