I cheered when the mayor designated a part of 16th Street as Black Lives Matter Plaza, and I cheered those giant yellow letters. But this great uprising is easily co-opted. Fake change is now playing in the racial arena. Street names are great. Just social policy is better.
Couple Marries on Black Lives Matter Plaza via @nbcwashington .
Protesters return to D.C.’s Black Lives Matter Plaza for 16th day of demonstrations
City bringing out all the pageantry across the street from the White House. A city worker in a cherry picker bearing the DC flag just put up a sign symbolically renaming 16th Street “Black Lives Matter Plaza NW”
Hundreds painted the words “End Racism Now” on a street in Philadelphia, along with a list of names of those killed in incidents of police violence. The project echoes a similar painting on a street in Washington, D.C. that has since been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The road leading to the White House is now Black Lives Matter Plaza, and has been emblazoned with three words: BLACK LIVES MATTER.