The city of New York is about to make a statement to a former resident.
The Big Apple plans to have a “Black Lives Matter” street mural painted outside of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan–Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, to be exact–sometime before July 4, according to The New York Post.
The new mural is one of the seven that has been planned throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Three are intended to be in Manhattan: the one slated for midtown; another in Harlem, along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard; and the final one in lower Manhattan along Centre Street, in the shadow of the local and federal courthouses.
The Post has reported that Mayor Bill De Blasio devised this plan after a June 7 meeting with Black community leaders and activists, including the Rev. Kevin McCall and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, sources said.
“The mayor doesn’t think Black Lives Matter is a stunt. Nor does he think it is just a social issue,” De Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said. “The request to paint BLM on streets throughout the city came from leaders within the movement. The president needs this helpful reminder.”
Another spokeswoman for the mayor explained the motivation that drove de Blasio to have the slogan painted in front of Trump Tower.
“The President is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” Julia Arredondo said. “He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded, Black Lives Matter.”
Told that @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio wants to paint the fabled & beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower/Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign. “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”, referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020
The New York City mayor came up with the idea after Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted along a street leading up the road to the White House, according to a second source. The plan for the murals and their locations were finalized last week.