Slogan painted on Fifth Avenue a week after president tweeted it would be ‘a symbol of hate’
New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, took part in painting “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Thursday, a week after Donald Trump tweeted it would be “a symbol of hate”.
De Blasio was flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the Rev Al Sharpton as he helped paint the racial justice rallying cry in giant yellow letters on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower. Activists watching chanted: “Whose streets? Our streets!”
“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter’, there is no more American statement, there is no more patriotic statement because there is no America without Black America,” De Blasio, a Democrat, said. “We are acknowledging the truth of ourselves as Americans by saying ‘Black Lives Matter’. We are righting a wrong.”