D.C. Mayor Ordered To Change Name Of Controversial Plaza

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(TheRedWire.com) – Several GOP lawmakers have been pushing Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., to rename the two blocks known as “Black Lives Matter Plaza” during the protests in support of racial justice in front of the White House three years ago.

Many members of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement have recently faced criticism after the messages they sent out on Oct. 7, after Hamas’s surprise attack against Israel. The group’s members had called for an end to supporting terrorism and had expressed what many view as anti-Israel sentiment.

In a letter and a statement signed by 20 House and Senate Republicans, the group argued that across the country, BLM chapters have used “anti-Semitic rhetoric” and have pushed pro-Hamas propaganda forth. They added that honoring those who sympathize with terrorists by naming the plaza in the country’s plaza after their group is “a slap in the face” of Americans, including Israeli and Jewish Americans.

The letter was signed by Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.),  Josh Hawley (Mo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Rick Scott (Fla.), and Thom Tillis (N.C.), as well as Reps. Elisa Stefanik (N.Y.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.)., and Jim Banks (Ind.).

Following Hamas’s terrorist attacks against Israel, many BLM chapters posted messages sympathizing with Palestine. The organization’s Chicago chapter took to X, formerly known as Twitter, and wrote,  “I stand with Palestine.”  Similarly, the Phoenix chapter, in their statement, argued that those fighting for Palestinian freedom were not terrorists and that the attack was a revolution and an attempt for Palestine to win back its freedom.

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