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Thu Jul 23 13:06:09
July 22, 2020 - 11:15 AM EDT

Activists say California city removed 'Black Lives Matter' street painting after request for 'MAGA 2020' mural

Activists who led an effort to paint a "Black Lives Matter" street painting say that the words were removed from a city street after a conservative resident emailed town officials demanding the right to paint a mural in support of President Trump on the same street.

Local news affiliate KRON 4 reported that Redwood City officials moved last week to quietly remove the yellow-painted words "Black Lives Matter" from Redwood City's Broadway, a stretch of boulevard leading through the city's downtown area.

Some local activists who worked to get approval for the painting claimed that the decision to remove the painting was made after a local real estate attorney filed a request for a pro-Trump mural to be painted nearby.

"They made the decision to take Black Lives Matter off the street as the first person that proposed the MAGA 2020," Dan Pease, a Redwood City resident, told KRON 4.

"Black Lives Matter is not a political statement. Black Lives Matter is a human rights issue, it's a call, it's a message, it's a symbol," Pease added.

The Washington Post confirmed that a local attorney, Maria Rutenburg, had filed a request for a "MAGA 2020" mural to be painted nearby, referring to the president's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. City officials contended to the paper, however, that the painting's removal was not related to Rutenburg's request.

"Staff is concerned about public safety issues that may arise from painting murals on its public streets, which could result in driver confusion and traffic accidents," said a Redwood City spokesperson. "Thus, the existing mural has been removed from Broadway and no further art installation will be authorized on the City's streets."

Rutenburg, who is white, told the Post in a statement that her speech was "just as important as BLM."

"I'm a Trump supporter and the slogan is important to me," she said, arguing that the Black Lives Matter painting turned the street into "a public forum."

"Everybody has a chance of saying whatever they feel like," Rutenburg added. "My speech is just as important as BLM."

Thu Jul 23 13:09:04
It's almost like the act of politicizing city streets by making them a canvas for blatantly partisan messages is an extremely bad idea that is guaranteed to raise 1st Amendment issues.

Hopefully this sort of thing happens in other cities where leftist governments think BLM street signage is acceptable.
Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Thu Jul 23 13:50:35
Anther win for Black lives Don't Matter movement.
Thu Jul 23 14:06:00
As an Omaha resident you should know all about what Malcolm X had to say about the wolf and fox.
Thu Jul 23 18:47:33
"for blatantly partisan"

more of this "both sides" false equivalency nonsense.
Thu Jul 23 18:50:08
you should get a job in the mainstream media.
Thu Jul 23 22:18:17
Y2a, What makes it a false equivelancy?
Fri Jul 24 07:23:01

I'm trying to figure that out myself. Maybe Y2A thinks that the literal expression "black lives matter" simply means just that, that black lives do in fact matter? In that case, I could buy the false equivalency claim.

Problem is though that argument is completely detached from reality. "Black lives matter" as a literal statement on the value of black lives is not a partisan message, but "Black Lives Matter" as an endorsement of the Marxist-founded* mantra with a set political agenda, definitely is political.

In fact, "Black Lives Matter," the organized political ideology, doesn't actually care about "black lives matter," the literal expression, at all. An ideology that truly cared about saving black lives would be focused on black-on-black violence, not police-on-black violence which kills way fewer people. Over 90% of black homicide victims are killed by other black people, yet for some reason BLM is focused on a handful of questionable police killings.

Of course the reason for that is simple. If you focus on black-on-black violence, you can't make the argument that the United States is systematically racist to its core and that its institutions need to be entirely dismantled and rebuilt to purge it of said alleged racism.

So yes, saying "BLM" is the same thing as saying "MAGA" - both are political expressions, and if you allow one message to be painted on city streets, you have to allow the other message to be painted as well, or else be exposed to a 1st Amendment lawsuit.

* For anyone who wants to debate the Marxism angle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyhy4IvkENg
Fri Jul 24 08:03:07
"more of this "both sides" false equivalency nonsense."

It's not really the fault of MAGAtards that BLM organizers are Marxists who never took a marketing class.
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