The people of Washington, D.C. are using the same paint the government uses to paint lines on the road, to paint “BLACK LIVES MATTER” onto 16th Street behind the White House.
Holy cow. The city of DC is out here on 16th steeet behind the White House painting BLACK LIVES MATTER onto the streets — that it owns — stretching all the way to k Street. pic.twitter.com/PU7DW7XZHu— Emily Badger (@emilymbadger) June 5, 2020
The massive statement can be seen from the air and stretches two full blocks, all the way to K Street.
DC Mayor Muriel Bower tweeted that the section of 16h Street in front of the White House has been officially dubbed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. pic.twitter.com/bbJgAYE35b— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020
CNN reports that according to the mayor’s offices, the project was commissioned by Mayor Bowser and painters began to work in the early morning on Friday.
The stretch of road occupied by Black Lives Matter Plaza includes St. John’s Church, the site of Trump’s recent tone-deaf photo op wherein the president attempted to align himself with white evangelical Christians in exclusion of those marching for civil rights.
Demonstrations against police brutality and racial inequality will continue through the weekend in Washington.