De Blasio declares a street in each New York borough will be renamed ‘Black Lives Matter’

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that his city must “fully deeply feel” that black lives matter and will be moving ahead with a plan to rename certain streets.

Just days after the Democrat announced he would be cutting funding to the New York Police Department, which faced night after night of violent protests and rioting, de Blasio said Tuesday that a street in each New York borough will be renamed “Black Lives Matter.”

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“What will be clear — the street name and on the streets of our city — is that message that now this city must fully, fully deeply feel and this nation must as well, that black lives matter,” the mayor shared at his daily City Hall press briefing as the city began its reopening phase following the coronavirus shutdowns.

The City will “name streets in each borough and to paint the words on the streets of this city in each borough at a crucial location — one of which will be here near City Hall — that black lives matter,” de Blasio said, explaining the plans for streets in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn.

“It’s time to do something officially representing this city,” he added. “To represent the fundamental power of Black Lives Matter.”

“We don’t want to have to name a street, but I’m glad that we are,” Iesha Sekou said at the briefing Tuesday.

“We also want to make sure that police are not allowed to act the way we’ve been seeing,” the founder and CEO of the anti-violence Street Corner Resources, added. “We’re looking very much forward to holding the police accountable for their behavior.”

De Blasio’s announcement came in the wake of Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s move to have a portion of street in front of the White House named “Black Lives Matter Plaza.” The Democrat mayor, who had kicked out 200 Utah National Guardsmen from an area hotel last week, also funded the painting of giant yellow “Black Lives Matter” lettering in the street in front of the White House.

De Blasio’s move may score points with some social justice activists but he has faced ongoing criticism for his handling of the unrest in the city. He was booed when he tried to speak at a memorial for George Floyd last week.

The mayor’s proposed plans to redistribute NYPD funds to youth and social services instead was not enough for his critics, including current and former administration staffers who gathered outside of City Hall to protest on Monday.

Twitter users were quick to weigh in on the mayor’s street renaming plan as another attempt to distract from his incompetence in running the city.


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