BLACK LIVES MATTER has being painted in glowing yellow colour on the road leading to the White House inWashington, DC ahead of a planned protest this weekend.
Mayor Muriel Bowser contacted the painter and set for work early yesterday morning.
The mayor has officially deemed the section of 16th Street bearing the mural “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” complete with a new street sign.
She told reporters that she and DC Council members were there “as Washingtonians. In her words: “we simply all want to be here together in peace to demonstrate that in America. You can peacefully assemble. You can bring grievances to your government, and you can demand change”.
She had clashed with the Federal Government (FG) when it (FG) attempted to police DC streets and she now advocates peaceful protest as Americans on American streets.
Two blocks of 16th Street are lit with massive banner-like project that spans a central axis that leads southward straight to the White House.
This is an unmistakeable visual art-visual protest with each of the 16 bold yellow letters covering the width of the two-lane street.
However, her creative move has been criticised by the The DC chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, DC (BLMDC).
The chapter believes it is a performative distraction from real policy changes putting Bowser on the wrong side of BLMDC history again.
BLMDC says this appears to be appeasing white liberals while core demands may be ignored. They tweeted that: “Black Lives Matter means defund the police”.
Washington has been one of the ‘headquarters’ of protests for more than a week in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis white police officers.
The durable protest is set to continue this weekend, with today being touted as the biggest, other things being equal.