D.C. Mayor Bowser Commissions ‘Black Lives Matter’ Painting on Street Leading to White House

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District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser commissioned a painting of #BlackLivesMatter on a section of 16th Street leading to the White House.

The painting was commissioned in response to Trump ordering the U.S. Park Police to forcefully remove protestors in front of The White House on Monday.

“There was a dispute this week about whose street this is,” wrote Bowser’s Chief of Staff John Falcicchio. “Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC’s street and to honor demonstrators who peacefully protesting on Monday evening.”

ABC7’s Victoria Sanchez caught crew members from the city’s Department of Public Works painting the revolutionary phrase in big yellow letters early Friday morning.

Mayor Browser tweeted the final product later Friday morning.

In addition to painting “Black Lives Matter” on 16th Street, Mayor Browser also officially renamed the section of the street “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”

While the acts are being praised by many, the official D.C. chapter of Black Lives Matter deemed the acts performative.

“This is a performative distraction from real policy changes,” penned BLMDC on Twitter. “Bowser has consistently been on the wrong side of BLMDC history. This is to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands.”

A few social users disagreed with BLMDC’s stance, but others jumped in supporting the DC chapter by highlighting proposed budgets by Mayor Bowser and more.

It’s clear that Mayor Bowser’s support of Black Lives Matter is an ongoing conversation (check out BLMDC twitter for more), but there’s a piece of joy knowing Trump has to simply take this expression of art and stance behind Black Lives.

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Bryant Smith

Bryant is creative, personable, quick-witted and the founder of The Top Tea. He is a Howard alum and USC graduate student. He’s toured multiple countries, sung background for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and Andra Day and performed at venues like The White House (under Pres. Obama) and The Kennedy Center on multiple occasions. Bryant also worked on the casting team for Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.

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