New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has lived up to his plan of plastering the Black Lives Matter campaign all over the city, following the budget reforms that were made. July 9, morning, the street was closed and a lot of participants gathered and worked hand-in-hand to literally paint the town with huge yellow letters.
President Donald Trump has openly expressed his disagreement on the thought of besmirching the NY streets. A Twitter exchange between Trump and Mayor De Blasio about it shows just how much the president despises the idea and even the message itself.
With the ongoing movement for racial justice, other cities apart from New York are also doing the same thing. Washington painted the three words on the street that leads up to the White House last June 6. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the mural is intended to honor the American citizens who are trying to get their voices heard and their pleas to be granted. It is a message to the protesters that the city recognizes and acknowledges them, and stands with them in the fight. The Washington mayor was not spared from backlash coming from the President - even got labeled ‘incompetent.’
Nevertheless, the President’s hateful remarks did nothing to stop the people from participating. Not even a comment that goes as far as saying the murals are “a symbol of hate.” A president of a nation of diverse people who carries such hatred for a community and deems his race as superior is exactly why these movements of protest must be carried out and defended.