Mayor helps paint Black Lives Matter in front of Trump Tower

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio caught a roller Thursday to paint Black Lives Matter in front of President Donald Trump’s eponymous Manhattan tower, which tweeted last week that the street fresco would be “a symbol of hate”.

De Blasio was accompanied by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the Reverend Al Sharpton as he helped paint the rallying cry of racial justice in giant yellow letters on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower. The activists who were watching chanted: “Who owns the streets? Our streets! ”

The mayor announced plans to paint the Black Lives Matter outside the Trump Tower last month after declaring earlier that the slogan would be painted on the streets in several parts of the city. Trump responded via Twitter that the mural would disparage “this avenue of luxury” and “further upset New York’s Finest.” De Blasio tweeted that Black Lives Matter is “a movement to recognize and protect the lives of blacks”.

Rahima Torrence, 20, one of the people who slapped yellow paint on Fifth Avenue, said that while the mural could be a symbol, “it’s the beginning of something more.” She said the location in front of Trump’s own skyscraper “shows that we matter and it shows that you cannot ignore us.”

Washington, DC was the first American city to get a giant yellow Black Lives Matter mural when Mayor Muriel Bowser had it painted on the street leading to the White House. Bowser said the painting was intended to show solidarity with the Americans outraged by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Trump lived at Trump Tower before taking office as president, but has spent little time there since. He changed his official residence from New York to Florida last year. Its commercial empire is still installed there.

Source: AP News

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