Black Austin Matter Painted On Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas

At the beginning of June, Washington, D.C. painted “Black Lives Matter” on a street leading to the White House. Then New York City announced it would name a street in each borough “Black Lives Matter.” Now Austin, Texas has begun its work painting the words “Black Austin Matters”.

The Austin Transportation Department announced the closure of the street on its Twitter account at 5 a.m and started working on the mural early Tuesday morning. They Capitol View Arts and the Austin Justice Coalition partnered with the city to paint the street.

Some community members also pitched in to help paint the mural on the streets of downtown Austin.

However everyone isn’t impressed by the mural one user on twitter replied to the hashtag saying. “If Black Austin Matters then reallocate APD’s funding to affordable housing, planting trees in black neighborhoods, revitalize streets, fix street lights, give funding to our historical black schools… The list goes on.”

Another user criticized Texas’s lack of accountability for police and also how the national guard is currently protecting a confederate monument.


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