New York City began painting “Black Lives Matter” in large yellow letters on the street outside Trump Tower today, Thursday, 9 July, 2020. The public art project was the latest battle in a feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Trump, who rose to fame as a Manhattan real estate developer.
“Black lives matter in our city, and Black lives matter in the United States of America,” New York City Mayor said before joining city workers and activists in spreading school-bus yellow paint on Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, in Manhattan.
“Let’s show Donald Trump what he does not understand. Let’s paint it right in front of his building for him.”
The project comes after Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington had workers paint “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow letters outside the White House after the president deployed federal officers during protests there. When New York’s plan was announced last month, city officials presented its location as a direct rebuke of Trump, who has repeatedly denigrated those protesting against systemic racism and police brutality in recent weeks.
Shortly after 10am, workers began filling in the first letters of the phrase. As the work got underway, activists, reporters and onlookers milled around, with some occasionally shouting criticisms of Trump.