Bill de Blasio, current mayor of New York City, decided to take a rain check on the painting of the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue after President Donald Trump expressed his frustrations on the project. City hall spokesperson issued a brief announcement to The Post that the painting will be moved to another date.
Due to several police brutality cases, protests were made to decrease the funding of New York City police following the George Floyd phenomenon. The demand was granted by the local city officials, along with the approval of the $88 billion dollar budget for NYC. In an interview with MSNBC, the city mayor explained the “profound changes” he plans to make to the city and an overview on how the budget will be spent.
According to de Blasio, a $1 billion budget cut on the NYPD will be invested in projects pertaining to the youth. Other functions of the police department will be turned over to civilians whom he thinks are more well-equipped to perform them. Another half a billion dollars will be allocated for recreational and community facilities for the youth, as well as broadband access for those who are in public residences.
The mayor also addressed his plan to surround the city with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, taking advantage of the momentum in hopes of sending the message louder. One painting will also be placed right outside of Trump Tower - a plan the President strongly detests. De Blasio also commented on Trump’s indifference towards the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that Trump always “misses the underlying meaning” and instead connects the statement to a negative reality that never existed in the first place. Regardless, Mayor de Blasio remains firm in his vision to pursue the fight for racial justice, even if it means getting on the President’s bad side.
The painting of the mural was supposed to commence on Thursday, 11am. However, a sudden scheduling change was made and no other details have been provided yet by City Hall. One of the invited activists, Michael Tucker, says he does not have any knowledge whatsoever on the reasons for the postponement of the event.