Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has been sued for commissioning the giant "Black Lives Matter" mural that is near the White House. The lawsuit alleges that Bowser is a "racist," and the mural exposes a racial bias.
#BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/OQg6977n5r— Muriel Bowser (@Muriel Bowser)1591368151.0
Last week, Bowser instructed the city's Department of Public Works to paint "Black Lives Matter" in huge letters that spanned two blocks. The mural on 16th Street that leads directly to the White House is so enormous that it can be seen from space. The mural was painted right before a planned George Floyd protest.
Washington's new BLACK LIVES MATTER mural is so huge, you can see it from space. https://t.co/UBsP8ySrwv— CNN (@CNN)1591484468.0
Bowser also renamed a section of the street to "Black Lives Matter Plaza."
"We want to call attention today to making sure our nation is more fair and more just and that black lives and that black humanity matter in our nation," Bowser said.
On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Democratic mayor for the massive mural.
The lawsuit was brought on by Rich Penkoski, a self-proclaimed street preacher and member of Warriors for Christ, along with Chris Sevier, a former judge advocate general, and Tex Christopher, a D.C. lobbyist. The lawsuit alleges that Bowser's mural violated the First Amendment and 14th Amendment, as reported in The Washington Times.
The lawsuit claims that the mural displayed preference to the "Black Lives Matter cult orthodoxy." The suit stated that the mural is "a legal weapon against non-observers of the Black Lives Matter religion," according to the Daily Mail.
"The Black Lives Matter banner conveys that black people are the favored race of the city of D.C., which is of course a racist contention floated by a racist Democrat who persistently refuses to think logically," the 51-page complaint reads.
The plaintiffs suggested replacing "Black Lives Matter" with three banners that read: "Blue Lives Matter" for law enforcement, "Green Lives Matter" for the National Guard, and "All Lives Matter."
They also recommended that the "Black Lives Matter Plaza" be renamed "Jesus is the answer Plaza."
Penkoski, Sevier, and Christopher are seeking damages for "mental anguish and emotional distress," as well as for "the violation of their constitutional rights."
The mayor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit.