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New York City starts painting Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

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New York City starts painting Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

, USA TODAY
Published 7:52 a.m. ET July 9, 2020 | Updated 9:37 a.m. ET July 9, 2020

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Cities across the country followed Washington D.C.’s lead by painting “Black Lives Matter” and other words of support on city streets.

USA TODAY

New York City started painting a Black Lives Matter mural Thursday on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower. 

Local television network WPIX reported the block of the street would be closed to cars until Sunday while the mural was painted. 

The planned mural had provoked the ire of President Donald Trump, who slammed the mural on Twitter earlier this month as “denigrating” the street, antagonizing the city’s police, and creating a “symbol of hate” on “New York’s finest street.” 

#BREAKING Fifth Avenue now closed to traffic between 56/57th Street for #BlackLivesMattter mural painting. @PIX11Newspic.twitter.com/f7emdj3UBu

— Anthony DiLorenzo (@ADiLorenzoTV) July 9, 2020

NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020

Mayor Bill De Blasio responded to Trump’s posts, saying “Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation….we are honoring them.” 

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.

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 1, 2020

Several cities across the country have painted murals in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, including Washington, D.C. which painted “Black Lives Matter” in 50-foot yellow letters near the White House to honor the protesters. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also renamed the location of the mural as “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”

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Not everyone has praised the murals, though. Activists have called the painting of the murals like Washington, D.C.’s a “performative distraction” from substantive changes to policing like cuts to police budgets or reforms to use-of-force policies. 

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