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'Racist' DC Mayor Sued for 'Black Lives Matter' Sign Near White House

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The Washington Monument and the White House are visible behind the words Black Lives Matter sign Saturday, June 6, 2020, that has been painted in bright yellow letters on the 16th Street, in Washington. (Khalid Naji-Allah/Executive Office of the Mayor via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:16 PM

An activist group is suing D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser who they call a "racist" after she commissioned the painting of the words "Black Lives Matter" on a street leading to the White House, according to a report in the Washington Times.

The suit, which was filed in federal court Wednesday, said that taxpayers have to foot the bill for the street painting of the street that the mayor decided to rename "Black Lives Matter Plaza." The activists argue those changes show preference to a particular belief over another.

“The Black Lives Matter banner conveys that black people are the favored race of the city of DC, which is of course a racist contention floated by a racist Democrat who persistently refuses to think logically,” the lawsuit said.

The activists contend Bowser is violating the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution by promoting one orthodoxy over another.

The plaintiffs include Pastor Rich Penkoski, who calls himself a “street preacher," Chris Sevier, a former judge advocate general and Tex Christopher, a D.C. lobbyist.

The men requested the court to force Bowser to hang banners for other causes down the street, including a “Blue Lives Matter” to honor law enforcement, “Green Lives Matter” to pay homage to Guard units and an “All Lives Matter" as a secular banner.

Bowser had the street painted after protests and riots ripped through the city in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis while in police custody.

“There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen, and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city,” Ms. Bowser said to reporters last week about the protests.

Bowser added: “And it is that message, and that message is to the American people, that Black Lives Matter, black humanity matters, and we as a city raise that up as part of our values as a city.” 

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