New York City is planning to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” in bold letters right in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, according to a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio, said in a statement. “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.”
The famous rallying cry will be painted on Fifth Ave. between 56th and 57th streets, right in front of the president’s flagship high-rise, as well as Centre St. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. sometime before July 4.
Earlier this month, de Blasio said the city would paint the phrase throughout the city in the wake of heated protests sparked by the May 25 death of Minnesota man George Floyd at the hands of police.
A giant “BLACK LIVES MATTER” sign is painted on Fulton St. on Monday, June 15, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (John Minchillo/AP)
“It’s time to do something officially representing this city to recognize the power of the fundamental idea, Black Lives Matter — the idea that so much American history has wrongly renounced but now must be affirmed,” he said on June 9.
de Blasio’s plans came after Washington, D.C.‘s Mayor Muriel Bowser had a street leading to the White House painted with the phrase on June 5.