July 13, 2020 | From The Epoch Times
The city shut down a section of Fifth Avenue early Thursday for the mural. The mayor, a Democrat, along with wife Chirlane McCray, Reverend Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), helped paint the mural.
Volunteers and more than 20 local artists with the organization Street Corner Resources also joined in. . . .
Several days later, President Donald Trump criticized the move, accusing the mayor of seeking to “paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign” while the City Council was deciding to pass a measure that would cut $1 billion from the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
Trump added that the move would be “denigrating this luxury Avenue” and would “further antagonize New York’s Finest.”. . .
Editor’s Note: Recently de Blasio has been quoted to say, “Let me tell you, we are not denigrating anything. We are liberating Fifth Avenue.” In addition, Juliet Germanotta, a Trump supporter, noted; “The Black Lives Matter movement in general is a beautiful thing, but it has been taken over and held hostage by the far-left agenda who are trying to destroy our country,” she told the outlet.
Similar “Black Lives Matters” murals have been painted on other New York City streets and in U.S. cities including Washington, Raleigh in North Carolina, and Oakland in California.
Washington was the first U.S. city to see the “Black Lives Matter” mural painted near the White House, a move allowed by Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser amid protests and riots that followed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis.
(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Written by Mimi Nguyen Ly. Photo used from CNN.)