Following the tragic death of George Floyd who was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers, spearheaded by Derek Chauvin, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, LeBron James has joined other celebrities to express solidarity on the “Black Lives Matter” protests staged across the country.
Known for his views on social injustice, the 35-year-old Lakers basketball superstar took to his twitter handle to express his solidarity thoughts on “Black Lives Matter” painted along a street near the White House with his yellow signature colour.
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! TOGETHER we shall prevail!! 🙏🏾💪🏾✊🏾❤️👑 https://t.co/bukvn3X43k— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 5, 2020
The NBA campaign may be returning in late July, so we’ll get to see James back on the court with the Lakers again very soon. For now, he is fighting for justice.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Washington D.C, Muriel Bowser has also renamed the painted street near the White House to honor the protesters demanding justice in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd. “Black Lives Matter” Plaza was so christened Friday morning, when city workers and volunteers painted large yellow block letters from curb to curb on 16th Street Northwest between H and K streets.
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
It has been a long time coming, but I know. I know—change will come. pic.twitter.com/oBRVbtTruY— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020
Contrary to the move by the mayor, the group Black Lives Matter D.C. reacted to her move with the equivalent of an eye roll. “This is a performative distraction from real policy changes,” the group tweeted. “Bowser has consistently been on the wrong side of BLMDC history. This is to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands. Black Lives Matter means defund the police.”
@MayorBowser is a fraud.@MayorBowser stands with killer cops in DC. @MayorBowser never called families after @DCPoliceDept murdered their loved one.@MayorBowser repeatedly makes public statements refuting all claims of racist stop and frisk practices in DC despite MPD DATA— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) June 5, 2020
Rose Jaffe, a local artist who started helping with the street painting was more charitable to the mayor, but only slightly. “I’m conflicted about doing it,” she said. “It’s about wanting to reclaim the streets, but I also know that it is a little bit of a photo op".
Do we need more of these actions to pass the message?