Over the weekend both Black Lives Matter protesters and LGBT pride activists gathered outside the home of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) home and I’m not sure how to describe what happened but, hey, at least they didn’t torch anything.
On Saturday the protesters marched on the street of the mayor’s home twerking, dancing, and chanting, “fuck 12,” “Black Lives Matter,” “no justice, no peace, no racist police.”
The group ended up stopping in front of Bowser’s home, and a line of police officers stood outside. Activists held banners reading “Defund MPD,” “No Pride in Police Violence,” and “Decriminalize Sex Work” (that’s a new demand). Then, music began to play and activists began dancing and twerking in front of the police as the crowd cheered them on.
Bowser has been very positive of protesters since the George Flynn riots started and even painted “Black Lives Matter” on 16th Street heading toward the White House claiming it was “art.”
— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) June 5, 2020
“We certainly are very proud of the D.C. mural that we commissioned in our Department of Public Works and local artists installed,” the mayor said during last week’s appearance on ABC’s This Week.
“It is an affirmative piece of art, a centering piece of art where people from around the globe have called us and thanked us for acknowledging black humanity and black lives in the most important city in the world, and we are very proud of that art,” she added.
Bowser also announced last week that the portion of 16th street near the White House is “now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’” — another show of support for the protesters:
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
However, activists didn’t appreciate her gesture and have criticized her, shortly after she commissioned art on 16th street, protestors painted “defund the police.”