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State Department Memo Authorizes and Encourages the Hanging of BLM Flag at All US...

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Jack Posobiec at Human Events has published a leaked U.S. State Department memo which encourages all U.S. Diplomatic and Consular posts to display shows of support for Black Lives Matter on Tuesday, May 25, the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, and beyond.

From the memo  (my highlight):

May 25 marks the one-year commemoration of George Floyd's murder. For 9 minutes and 29 seconds, the world saw firsthand how police officers brutally took the life of an unarmed Black man in the United States. These viral images ignited national and global Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and demonstrations. This tragedy joined a long line of Black men and women who have suffered at the hands of police brutality. These national and global protests sparked a movement to confront systems perpetuating deep-seated inequities rooted in colonialism and the oppression of racial, tribal, ethnic, and other minority communities. Mr. Floyd's murder prompted an international outcry to seek racial justice and equity by dismantling systemic racism and eradicating police brutality affecting communities of color, most acutely, people of African descent... 

Guidance on Black Lives Matter Banner Displays 

 (U) Any BLM-related displays within the interior of the mission, or exterior displays other than the display of a BLM flag on the flagpole (e.g., a banner over the door, BLM spotlights, projections, etc.) are at the Chief of Mission's discretion. 

 (U) As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission who determine such a display is appropriate in light of local conditions. This is an authorization, not a requirement. 


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