In spite of the President condemning the move, NYC has closed the iconic Fifth Avene to paint a huge Black Lives Matter mural.
But it seems that the decision has divided opinions. Keep scrolling to see it for yourself and to check out how people are reacting, including the President…
Ever since George Floyd, an unarmed and defenseless black man, died while being held in a police restraint, our country has experienced a wave of anger like never before.
But George Floyd’s death has sparked an outrage like never before.
And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.
For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying “Black Lives Matter” down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C – a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The global solidarity has been incredible to see.
And people are continuing to demand justice.
And it’s so important that we continue to speak out and use our voices.
And now, reports say that New York City has decided to paint their own.
But, while work is being done on the painting, Millionaire’s Row, where Donald Trump’s eponymous building is situated, was closed off to traffic.
A Department of Transportation spokesperson told PIX 11 that the block would be blocked to cars until Sunday, when traffic would be free to drive through the painting.
City officials postponed the work last Wednesday until this week citing “logistics” after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would happen “in a matter of days,” as per The Sun.
His Twitter rant came after the Mayor’s intention to defund the NYPD’s $6 billion budget was announced.
“And yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue,” the President said.
“This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, ‘Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.'”
The major pointed out Trump’s so-called “luxury” came from Black community’s labor, for which they “have never been justly compensated.”
“Only in your mind could an affirmation of people’s value be a scary thing.”
Many people have been taking to social media to air their views.
Especially in light of Trump’s recent comments.
But others had a different take on the matter.
And speculated what kind of real change a painting would bring about.
What do you think?