District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday morning, June 5, in large block letters in yellow paint street across 16th street, which leads to Lafayette Square and the White House tag “Black Lives Matter”
This where protesters have been demonstrating following the death of George Floyd. The mayor said that the people who painted it were from the D.C. Public Works department.
“There was a dispute this week about whose street this is,” John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Bowser, a Democrat, said earlier in a tweet. “Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC’s street and to honor demonstrators who (were) peacefully protesting on Monday evening.”
“There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen, and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference. “And it is that message, and that message is to the American people, that Black Lives Matter black humanity matters, and we as a city raise that up as part of our values as a city,”
Meanwhile, the official D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, has said in a tweet that painting Black Lives Matter on the street was merely an empty gesture by Bowser.
“This is a performative distraction from real policy changes. Bowser has consistently been on the wrong side of BLMDC history. This is to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands. Black Lives Matter means defund the police. @emilymbadgersay it with us,” the account tweeted.