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‘Street mural’ vandalism remains on Madison streets

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 19, 2020

MADISON — The Black Lives Matter demonstrators’ vandalism of Madison’s streets lives on thanks to a city government that will do nothing to clean it up for fear of being labeled racists.

Radical protesters, when not smashing State Street businesses and wrecking up the Capitol Square, were painting “road murals” on Madison’s streets.

In early June, “youth organizers” with militant leftist group Freedom Inc. painted “Defund Police” in bright yellow block letters on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, right outside the City-County Building. Their vandalism was applauded by Madison’s useful idiot leaders and the city’s liberal newspapers. It was all about their rage over the death of George Floyd or systemic racism or something, and it followed the rioting and looting that the Black Lives Matter movement helped drive through downtown Madison.

In late July, protesters brought their “street murals” to West Dayton Street, painting “Police free schools” outside the Madison School District administration building.

Earlier this month, Black Umbrella, another group of radicals the geniuses at city hall consider “peaceful protesters,” told Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway to “Quit Your Job,” in paint — on the street right outside her home.

“We paid mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway a visit yesterday and left her a message,” a Black Umbrella member posted on Facebook, with smiley face emojis. They documented their property crime on video.

“We even made it pretty for her since she wanted to spend funds on painting something rainbow colors in the streets instead of offering people support to get off the streets,” the protester wrote.

It was another example of the left eating their own. Rhodes-Conway has pandered to and placated the radicals that have thumbed their noses at law and order.

And their “street murals” remain like a monument to Woke insanity.

“QUIT YOUR JOB has not been removed, nor have the other messages…” Deputy Mayor Katie Crawley said Friday in an email response to Empower Wisconsin’s questions about the status of the vandalism.

Crawley said the city’s Streets Division does regularly remove profanity, however.

She did not respond to a follow-up email asking:

1. Why hasn’t the city removed the messages, particularly the POLICE FREE SCHOOLS message that street crews said caused a traffic/pedestrian hazard.

2. Why did the city stop in its initial attempt to remove the message?

3. Do you have estimated costs for removal of the messages?

As the Wisconsin State Journal reported, the Streets Division attempted to remove the “mural on the road,” when a group of demonstrators arrived to “protect the work.”

“The paint-removal process stopped partway through the ‘P’ in ‘Police’ due to concerns for the safety of both the city workers and the protesters, City of Madison streets and recycling coordinator Bryan Johnson said in a statement,” according to the newspaper.

The city wanted to remove the vandalism because it causes a traffic hazard by covering the double yellow traffic lines and obscuring the pedestrian crossings, Johnson told the State Journal.

“It is already apparent that this will be an expensive project as removing paint from just one street is expected to cost approximately $8,000,” Johnson said at the time. “The Streets Division will continue to work on ways to address safety issues in the areas where streets have been painted.”

And yet the “message” hasn’t been removed.

“Madison Deputy Mayor Katie Crawley said methods of keeping the city streets safe while compromising with the protesters will be revisited and discussed with city staff and others,” the newspaper reported.

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