'Black Lives Matter' murals in Harlem, Brooklyn targeted by vandals with paint

'Black Lives Matter' murals in Harlem, Brooklyn targeted by vandals with paint

Redwood City, California, near San Francisco, has removed a Black Lives Matter mural from one of its streets after a resident asked to paint a "MAGA 2020" mural on the same street, KPIX reports.

Whole Foods said it can't comment on pending litigation, but denied that any employees have been terminated for wearing Black Lives Matter gear.

Whole Foods, owned by tech giant Amazon, forbids staff from wearing clothes with messages that are not company-related.

Savannah Kinzer, a former Whole Foods worker who was sacked from the chain's River Street store in Cambridge over the weekend, called the Amazon-owned chain's actions "discriminatory" and "hypocritical", given the company's well-publicized support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Many similar murals supporting Black Lives Matter and other social justice causes have been defaced or otherwise tampered with, including in New York City.

Of the plaintiffs, six work or have worked at the Whole Foods store on River Street in Cambridge.

The lawsuit also wants Whole Foods to expunge employee disciplinary records, to give back pay for workers who were sent home without pay, and to rehire Kinzer.

But the plaintiffs say the company has allowed other messages on workers' attire, including rainbow pins and flags, and sports team names and logos.

Vandals have targeted the "Black Lives Matter" mural outside Trump Tower at least four times since it was completed earlier this month.

Protesters take a knee and raise their fists during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration in front of the Brooklyn Library and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York, on June 5, 2020.

The case is Frith et al v Whole Foods Market Inc, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, No. 20-11358.

Bevelyn Beatty, a Christian woman and activist with "At the Well Ministries", wore a T-shirt that said "Jesus Matters" and repeatedly called for the refunding of police departments while spreading black paint on the leftist slogan, according to an Instagram video she posted of the encounter'. People fear for their jobs if they speak out, people fear for their lives for speaking out.

The plaintiffs are claiming that the supermarket company's "selective enforcement of its dress code policy" violates the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A Whole Foods spokesperson said she can not comment on pending litigation but denied that the mask was the reason for Kinzer's firing.

You believe Black Lives Matter Priyanka, yet you (again) choose to feed into eurocentric ideals by shapeshifting your accent from South Asian to American dependent on your audience, thus whitewashing your culture to curry favour and position yourself as a "palatable" person of colour to white audiences. "They are in fear for the sake of NYC and voiced that they need MORE people like them to help and stand up for what is RIGHT!"

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