‘Black Lives Matter’ mural liberates Fifth Avenue
Jul 10, 2020 - 05:23 AM
LMBC NEWS – The ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural painted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and city employees outside of Trump Tower on Thursday has liberated the Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Blasio, in an interview at CNN’s “Situation Room”, slammed President Donald Trump’s statement that the mural is a “symbol of hate” and “will further antagonize New York’s Finest.”
“We were not denigrating Fifth Avenue. We were liberating Fifth Avenue by putting those crucial words right there in front of the Trump building,” the mayor said.
He said that the phrase has echoed the voice of the belief of the people in New York that black lives do matter.
“That’s an important message. The people of the city believe Black Lives Matter. We wanted to send that message to the whole city and the nation,” he said.
Instead of showing respect, the mayor said Trump has thrown a “racist” remark against the phrase.
“Here was an opportunity for the President of the United States to show respect for the fact that this is what we value here. What did he do? He literally tweeted that writing Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue would ‘denigrate’ the luxury of that avenue. That is pure racism. That is acting like any of the value of Black people is somehow belittling, when, in fact, what we’re trying to do is lift up people who have built the city and built America and haven’t been given their respect,” he said.
Blasio said that actions, not words, are needed to liberate the nation from institutional racism.
“We’re acknowledging institutional racism and coming up with specific plans to tear it down. We need to take this transcend the moment and get the most out of it,” he stressed.
“The President, rather than having a chance to acknowledge America’s original sin, he literally made it worse by suggesting that honoring black people on Fifth Avenue would somehow make it less valuable or luxurious. I’ve got to tell you. People are outraged by that,” he added.