Black Lives Matter mural scrubbed off California street after Trump supporter requests MAGA sign be added

Tuesday 21 July 2020 12:00
news
(Getty/indy100)

Across America, the renewed Black Lives Matter movement has sparked action in a number of ways.

There have been protests, public call-outs and reckonings for high-profile people and brands for weeks, and cities around the country are getting an anti-racist makeover. We love to see it.

But one said city, San Francisco, is sadly going to have to relinquish its glow-up.

After a huge yellow "Black Lives Matter" mural was painted across one of the roads, it seems a Trump-supporting neighbour got angry.

According to CBS, a local resident who is also a real estate lawyer, asked to paint "MAGA 2020" on the same street.

Maria Rutenburg told the local CBS station:

I saw 'Black Lives Matter' sign appearing on Broadway Street, on the asphalt. I figured that's going to be a new public space open for discussion, and I wanted to get my message out too.

Not long after her request, city officials reportedly scrubbed the mural from the ground in the middle of the night. According to CBS this was because it was a traffic hazard.

Dan Pease, the local resident who first requested permission to put up the mural, said he had "no hard feelings" about the situation, but said he was disappointed it hadn't been allowed to remain.

Saying he didn't believe "Black lives matter" to be a "political statement", he added:

I am very grateful that they allowed me to put that message on Broadway.

Other Black Lives Matter murals have been painted across the country, including outside the White House and outside Trump Tower in New York.

Long may they stick around.

Trending