New York paints Black Lives Matter sign outside Trump Tower

11 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

New York paints Black Lives Matter sign outside Trump Tower

A view of a newly painted Black Lives Matter mural is seen outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City on Thursday. —AFP PHOTO

NEW YORK: New York City on Thursday painted a huge Black Lives Matter sign on the pavement outside Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, replicating similar murals supporting the movement elsewhere in the United States, reports AFP.

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly assailed the Black Lives Matter movement, did not immediately comment on the sign, done in giant block lettering in school-bus yellow, which filled the pavement outside his flagship hotel.

But when the plan was floated last month he accused the city’s Democratic leaders of “denigrating” the famous street with a “symbol of hate.”

Around a dozen volunteers from different organizations painted the slogan, with civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Mayor Bill de Blasio picking up long-handled paint rollers to add some touches of their own.

“A painting is a nice symbol, but it doesn’t address systemic racism in any way. So as cool as it is, it’s important to focus on that,” said Francie Brewster, a 17-year-old who had come to watch.


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