The memo, signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said the United States would be among “many in the international community” honoring the career criminal.
Summary: May 25 marks one year since the brutal murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Last year, the horrific video of Mr. Floyd’s final 9 minutes and 29 seconds went viral and spurred Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, in response to his senseless killing and to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality. One year later, many in the international community will honor Mr. Floyd and acknowledge the long journey nations face to advance racial justice. Leading up to May 25, the Department has issued guidance on the use of Black Lives Matter language, banners, and flags. End Summary.
The vandalism and looting that followed the death of Floyd reportedly cost the insurance industry up to $2 billion, more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history. At least 25 Americans were killed during the unrest, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED).
Additionally, the radical organization’s “Defund the Police” agitation has led to a massive surge in violent crime throughout the nation.
No less an authority than former Attorney General William Barr last year characterized Black Lives Matter “a revolutionary group” that agitates a far-left agenda using fascistic tactics.
“They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism,” Barr told Mark Levin on Fox News, last summer. “They’re essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic,” he said.
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to have the revolutionary Marxist group celebrated at U.S. outposts around the world.
The State Department guidance is encouraging BLM-related displays within the interior, or exterior of the mission, including banners over doors, BLM spotlights, BLM projections, and BLM flags on flagpoles, according to the memo.
“… this cable constitutes blanket written authorization to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole during calendar year 2021,” the memo states.
The Black Lives Matter flag, and/or any other types of affinity flags, should be treated as pennants of societies in accordance with this provision, and accordingly, when displayed alongside the U.S. flag either indoors or outdoors, should always be placed in a subordinate position. Regarding the external, public-facing flagpole of all U.S. missions, the written approval of the Secretary, through the Under Secretary for Management (M), is necessary to display any flag other than the U.S. flag, a Foreign Service flag, or a POW/MIA flag. As noted above, this cable constitutes blanket written authorization to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole during calendar year 2021.
The memo goes on to urge diplomates to use “Department and Interagency tools and resources to promote policy objectives to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities throughout the year.”
“On May 24, GPA will release a compilation video featuring messages from activists around the world on the importance of global racial justice as part of a playbook with language for the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. This video compilation will also feature senior Department leaders to demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to racial equity and support for underserved communities,” the memo reads.