A mural commissioned by the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, is being painted down a street in the District. It reads: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
According to CNN:
“The massive banner-like project spans two blocks of 16th Street, a central axis that leads southward straight to the White House. Each of the 16 bold, yellow letters spans the width of the two-lane street, creating an unmistakable visual easily spotted by aerial cameras and virtually anyone within a few blocks.”
Large demonstrations are planned this weekend in D.C. and other U.S. cities in response to the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. Four officers involved in Floyd’s death have been arrested and face charges ranging from second-degree murder to manslaughter.
John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Mayor Bowser, noted in a tweet:
“There was a dispute this week about whose street this is. Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC’s street and to honor demonstrators who (were) peacefully protesting on Monday evening.”
The mayor also tweeted out a video of the mural being painted in the city:
— Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MurielBowser) June 5, 2020
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump had protesters near the White House tear-gassed so that he could walk through Lafayette Park to St. John’s church for a photo-op where he stood outside the building and held a Bible aloft in his hands.
The mural was well-received on social media:
Beautiful, thank you so much! We need this.
— Vashti 6 FEET PLEASE Vale (@VashtiVale42) June 5, 2020
This is beyond fantastic! Thank you so much!
— Christine C. Berger (@drchristine) June 5, 2020
Leading right up to the White House ???
— cökee (@strephgirth) June 5, 2020
Just absolutely wonderful
— Stop the Trump Coup ??️? (@KRV65) June 5, 2020
That is glorious. Thank you.
— Alicia (@rubiesdiamonds) June 5, 2020
I hope the idiot-in-chief sees that every time he leaves the WH.
— ??W Schneider?❤️ (@Wendydobie) June 5, 2020
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