Imagine Trump’s Twitter storm when he sees new ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural outside of Trump Tower

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Eight days after President Donald Trump called a planned “Black Lives Matter” mural a “symbol of hate,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton grabbed a couple of paint rollers and went to work on Fifth Avenue anyway Thursday. The president called it “denigrating this luxury Avenue,” but de Blasio called painting the mural “liberating Fifth Avenue.” He said the mural is about giving credit to people who have long gone without recognition for building this country.

“So when we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ there is no more American statement, there is no more patriotic statement because there is no America without Black America,” de Blasio said. “We are acknowledging the truth of ourselves as Americans by saying ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We are righting a wrong.”

I would much rather the mayor redirect a larger portion of the city’s massive $6 billion police budget to education and social services Black and brown people could actually benefit from, but the mural is a nice gesture. It’s certainly delivering a much-needed reminder in this country that Black lives do in fact matter.

Sharpton told MSNBC he remembers marching on Fifth Avenue after the death of Sean Bell, who was killed in 2006 when police fired 50 bullets at him. The activist marched then to bring awareness to the fact that “police abuse was going on.” “I think this gives permanence to that,” Sharpton said.

He has marched recently to call for justice in repeated incidences of similar police violence. The most publicized recent death is that of George Floyd, who was unarmed when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Video of Floyd, who was suspected of forging a $20 bill, moved a nation to protest and multiple cities to approve Black Lives Matter murals on city streets.

Dominique Hazzard, a part of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Washington, D.C., told NPR it’s time for more than murals. “The paint on the street is a beautiful symbol. It’s very nice. But you need real actions for Black people here in D.C.,” she said last month in calling for the city to defund police. “We need to divest from that money and invest that money in things that actually keep people safe, like housing, health care, food, confliction resolution and services on our streets. That’s what we need to keep us safe. And if Black lives matter, those are the kinds of changes they’ll make.”

 

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Allan
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Can we paint the sign in front of Mar-a-lago along with a couple of Wind Turbines ? Would love to see bunker boy blow an ovary over that one.

Lou
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AFTER NOV. THAT FLY TRAP WILL NOT HAVE HIS NAME ON IT. THEY MIGHT RENOVATE AND CLEAR THE STINK OF TRUMP .
USE IT FOR LOW INCOME PERSONS AND RESIDENCE FIR HOMELESS TO STAY. THATS BECAUSE THE STATE OF N.Y. WILL ONW IT ON REPOSSESSION . BYE FAT MAN DONNY, NEXT PLACE PRISON OR MENATAL INSTITUTION. DEMENTIA