WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- New York City plans to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” in bold lettering in front of Trump Tower.
- The words will be painted on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem and on Centre Street in lower Manhattan.
- This is one in seven major streets in the city that will bear the words intended to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement, racial injustice and police brutality.
New York City plans to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” in bold lettering throughout the city, including one right in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill De Blasio, told the New York Daily News.
“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” she said in a statement, pointing out that the location was on purpose. “He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.”
New York City plans to paint the words outside on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets sometime before July 4. This is one of seven that the local government has planned to put up throughout the city, including two more in Manhattan: on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem and on Centre Street in lower Manhattan, the New York Post reported.
De Blasio announced earlier this month that putting up the phrase is part of the move to raise awareness and demand an end to racial injustice and police brutality highlighted after George Floyd was killed in police custody last month.
On June 9, the words of the movement were painted on Lark St. in Albany, New York.
The move comes as the local government put up counter measures as record reports of illegal fireworks and gun violence hit the roof. New York City announces record-breaking number of shooting incidents in a single week, with 53 recorded shooting incidents from June 15 to Jun 22.
New York City is enforcing counter measures to apprehend distributors of illegal fireworks, the mayor assures. He also called the recent shooting reports a “troubling trend” but denied the city was headed toward any crime rates akin to the 1990s.
“We’re not going back to the bad old days when there was so much violence in this city,” the mayor said.
The Hill contacted the mayor’s office for more details about the murals but has not immediately heard back.
Source: The Hill