The Department of State under President Biden issued guidance allowing U.S. embassies around the world to display the Black Lives Matter flag.
The leaked memo from an anonymous State Department source came ahead of May 25, which marks one year since George Floyd’s death. In the memo, the department highlighted that it “supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond.”
“We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact,” it added.
The document, which was first reported by conservative newspaper Human Events, also said that all U.S. “Diplomatic and Consular posts” can fly the Black Lives Matter flag outside of embassies.
“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,” the memo reads.
The State Department neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the memo. A spokesperson for the department told Fox News the agency does not “comment on the … veracity of allegedly leaked documents.”
Not a first: Secretary of State Anthony Blinken authorized embassies to fly the LGBTQ flag for Pride Month after the Trump administration banned the practice.
Why it matters? The Black Lives Matter movement has drawn backlash for the riots that took place across the U.S. last year amid protests that followed Floyd’s death.
Conservative commentator Candance Owens slammed the decision during an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” shot.
“The U.S. embassies are celebrating black death. The consequence of the Black Lives Matter movement — and I cringe when people call it Black Lives Matter protests, because, you know what, Tucker, it is Black Lives Matter riots,” she said.
“The cities burned for six weeks straight following the death of George Floyd. Black neighborhoods were rioted, they were looted and it led to more black death. Way more black Americans died during the Black Lives Matter riots than the one black American that was killed by a police officer that allegedly started this entire spree,” Owens told Carlson.
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