New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a mural painted in bright letters, with the words “Black Lives Matter” right in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York for a reason.
“We’re going to take this moment in history and amplify it by taking the ‘Black Lives Matter’ symbolism and putting it all over this city, including right in front of Trump Tower,” the mayor said in an interview Wednesday.
However, President Donald Trump responded by attacking the mayor for his decision and calling the proposed mural a “symbol of hate.”
“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,” Trump argued via Twitter.
“This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, ‘Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon’.”
De Blasio replied to the tweet by calling our Trump’s past dealings with construction workers.
“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 mayor said.
“The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism.”
The mayor also said that painting the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue has been designed to send a message to Trump.
“It’s an important message to the whole nation, and obviously we want the president to hear it because he’s never shown respect for those three words,” he said in an interview.
“When he hears ‘Black Lives Matter,’ he presents a horrible, negative reality of something that doesn’t exist and he misses the underlying meaning that we’re saying we have to honor the role of African Americans in our history and in our society.”