D.C. Mayor Has ‘Black Lives Matter’ Painted On Street Leading To White House
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street leading to Lafayette Square and the White House, where protesters have been demonstrating in the past week following the death of George Floyd, according to NBC News.
- John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Mayor Bowser, said 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 D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network responded to the move by saying in a tweet:
"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."
The painting comes days after President Trump ordered the U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops to forcibly move peaceful protesters from outside the White House so that he could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a staged photo-op.
- Mayor Bowser responded to Trump’s move by tweeting:
"I imposed a curfew at 7 pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful! DC residents — Go home. Be safe."
The painting represents a major difference in the response of the two major leaders living in the District of Columbia to the protests occurring in the city.