New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that the city will paint its roadways and rename streets in each borough to honor the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It’s time to do something officially representing this city to recognize the power of the fundamental idea of Black Lives Matter, the idea that so much of American history has wrongly renounced, but now must be affirmed,” de Blasio said during his daily City Hall press briefing as he was surrounded by a group of social justice activists.
The mayor said that the city proposal calls for the Big Apple to “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.”
De Blasio said his administration will work with city leaders to choose the four other locations in NY to support the movement.
“What will be clear [is] 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,” said de Blasio.
Last week DeBlasio also announced he will move some police funding to youth and social services.
De Blasio has prided himself with making many positive changes to the police departments. “While we have taken many steps to reform policing in this city, there is clearly more work to do to strengthen trust between officers and the New Yorkers they serve,” de Blasio said.
On the other hand BLM has announced they are developing an armed branch of “peace officers” to combat police brutality in black communities during the so-called war on police, according to one of its leaders.