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De Blasio: Street in each New York borough will be renamed 'Black Lives Matter'

The Hill logo The Hill 6/9/2020 J. Edward Moreno
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Tuesday that a street at a "crucial" location in each of the city's five borough's will be renamed "Black Lives Matter."

"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," de Blasio said.

One of the locations will be near City Hall in Manhattan, and the other locations will be decided by activists and city leaders.

The move follows a similar initiative by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).

On Friday, the words "Black Lives Matter" were painted in yellow on D.C.'s 16th Street NW. The same day, Bowser announced on Twitter that a section of the street, which she pointed out is right "in front of the White House," had also been officially named "Black Lives Matter Plaza."

Black Lives Matter DC has been critical of the mural, calling it "performative" and demanding more concrete steps such as the defunding of police in the District.

New York and D.C. are just two of the many U.S. cities that have been filled with protests against police brutality and racial inequality in the two weeks since George Floyd was killed in the custody of Minneapolis officers, who have since been charged in his death.

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