Washington mayor sued over ‘Black Lives Matter’ street painting near White House

People walk on the words Black Lives Matter that was painted in bright yellow letters on 16th Street as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Do conservatives need a “Freedom from Favoritism Foundation” to call in when government officials show shameless patronage toward certain races and causes, using their public offices as a soapbox?

Perhaps just lawsuits will get the job done. That’s what Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser is facing after ordering the slogan “Black Lives Matter” to be painted in enormous yellow letters right on the street, curb to curb, two blocks down from the White House.

The suit was filed by a group of activists in federal court on June 10 and charges that Bowser violated the First Amendment by showing blatant favoritism to the “Black Lives Matter cult orthodoxy,” the Washington Times has reported.

The mayor’s office has not responded to a request for comment.

The lawsuit also follows her attempt to rename a street not far away from the painted letters. Bowser wanted to catchily rename the thoroughfare “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” at taxpayer expense. The suit states that this would show a governmental preference for one set of beliefs over others.

“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 lawsuit reads.

The suit is spearheaded by pastor Rich Penkoski, former judge advocate general Chris Sevier, and D.C. lobbyist Tex Christopher.

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