Much to President Donald Trump’s annoyance, New York City shut down a stretch of Fifth Avenue on Thursday to commence painting a new “Black Lives Matter” mural.
The mural, which will be placed between 56th and 57th streets, is near the President’s Trump Towers. He was quick to call it a symbol of hate that would denigrate posh Fifth Avenue. The area is known for luxury shopping, dining, and is home to A-listers.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the mural.
“Here’s what you don’t understand: Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation. Your ‘luxury’ came from THEIR labor, for which they have never been justly compensated. We are honoring them. The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism,” de Blasio tweeted.
In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted on a street leading up to the White House.