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Protesters Turn White House Fence Into A 1.7-Mile Monument To Racial Justice
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Protesters Turn White House Fence Into A 1.7-Mile Monument To Racial Justice

After George Perry Floyd was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, people all over the US flooded the streets to protest police violence against black people and demand racial justice. However, those who came to protest near the White House for the ninth consecutive day found its premises surrounded by a tall, 1.7-mile-long metal fence. On June 5th, it was also reinforced by concrete barriers and had policemen guarding it.

However, the protesters neither lowered their signs, nor their voices and found a way to make the best of the situation. They started putting their signs and posters up on the fence, eventually turning it into a 1.7-mile-long crowd-sourced monument to racial justice, as well as a beautiful memorial of those who have lost their lives to the injustice.

The 1.7-mile-long fence that surrounds the White House has been recently upgraded to a BLM memorial

George Floyd’s untimely death by the hand of police caused the last tiny droplet of patience the people in the USA still had to vanish and the nation sprung into massive protests all over the country. People flooded the streets demanding racial justice and justice for those whose lives were lost at the hands of injustice.

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Protesters in Washington put up their signs calling for racial justice all over the fence

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However, those who arrived to protest at the White House in Washington one day found out that a tall metal fence was encircling it. The fence was guarded by policemen and supported by concrete barriers. While some may have expected the protesters to react violently and try to take down the fence, they did the complete opposite.

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There are many signs pleading for justice for black people killed by the police

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Instead of voicing any dissatisfaction with the newly built fence, the protesters made the best of the situation and started putting their signs, posters, paintings, balloons, and whatnot up on it, eventually turning it into a 1.7-mile-long crowd-sourced monument to racial justice, as well as a beautiful memorial of those who have lost their lives to the injustice.

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There are paintings of the late George Floyd, whose death was the last drop of racial injustice that sprung the nation to protest

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Marisa Iati from the Washington Post posted some pictures of the fence-turned-monument and wrote: “It’s the tenth day of #BlackLivesMatter protests in D.C., and the atmosphere outside of the White House is very relaxed. Hundreds of people of various ages and races are milling around, taking photos and carrying signs. I can’t see any uniformed police from where I’m standing.”

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Along with the portraits of George Floyd, one can also spot a painting of Emmett Till

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She also posted some opinions on the matters that she managed to get from protesters outside the White House. Marcus Bolston told her his multiracial 4-year-old asks him about what she sees on TV. “We tell her that black people are not being treated fairly. And she says ‘Like when someone doesn’t want to be your friend?’ And I tell her, ‘Yeah, kind of like that.’”

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Till was a black 14-year-old boy who was lynched after he allegedly offended a white woman back in 1955

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Michael A. Jackson apparently felt baffled upon seeing the fence encircling the White House and belted “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.’” He went on to ask the president to “take this fence down and heal this nation.” Another man deemed him right and said “Sir, you’re completely right. This fence is a metaphor for his entire presidency.”

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There are also balloons here and there brought in memory of Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 last week

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The tall metal fence was erected a couple of days ago to protect the White House premises from the protesters

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GirlFriday
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2 years ago

FIST BUMP TO THE PERSON THAT PUT UP THE SIGN "MORE PEOPLE THAN YOUR INAUGURATION"

Kiss Army
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2 years ago

Also the one that says "If Covid 19 is a virus, the Trump is a plague."!

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Meyer Weinstock
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2 years ago

The White House was called 'The People's House' from almost the very beginning. This is a good example of that idea in action.

David Butler
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2 years ago

Unfortunately, the "White House" gained that name officially after the Southern (then-Democratic) reaction to Theodore Roosevelt hosting African American spokesman Booker T. Washington: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T._Washington_dinner_at_the_White_House

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Viviane
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2 years ago

What a fantastic idea! This is creative protesting. I'm on the side of keeping the wall - lock him in!

Kiss Army
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2 years ago

GO BACK TO THE BUNKER!!

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GirlFriday
Community Member
2 years ago

FIST BUMP TO THE PERSON THAT PUT UP THE SIGN "MORE PEOPLE THAN YOUR INAUGURATION"

Kiss Army
Community Member
2 years ago

Also the one that says "If Covid 19 is a virus, the Trump is a plague."!

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Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
2 years ago

The White House was called 'The People's House' from almost the very beginning. This is a good example of that idea in action.

David Butler
Community Member
2 years ago

Unfortunately, the "White House" gained that name officially after the Southern (then-Democratic) reaction to Theodore Roosevelt hosting African American spokesman Booker T. Washington: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T._Washington_dinner_at_the_White_House

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Viviane
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2 years ago

What a fantastic idea! This is creative protesting. I'm on the side of keeping the wall - lock him in!

Kiss Army
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2 years ago

GO BACK TO THE BUNKER!!

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