Embassies in Athens, Cambodia, Madrid, and Sarajevo flew the BLM flag on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
ABC News reported an internal memo said Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized U.S. embassies and consulates to fly the Black Lives Matter flag on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death:
All U.S. diplomatic posts are “strongly encouraged” to use the department’s resources “to promote policy objectives to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities,” especially on May 25 and during June to commemorate Juneteenth, according to Blinken’s memo.
That includes support for using “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.”
That push to promote racial justice and equality has been a cornerstone of Blinken’s short time at the agency, rankling critics, including his predecessor Mike Pompeo.
The State Department released a video on Tuesday. Blinken claimed the U.S. “must face reality of racism at home” if it wants “to be a credible force for human rights around the world.”
“By addressing our shortcomings openly and honestly, we live up to the values that we stand for worldwide,” added Blinken.
The embassy in Athens flew the flag:
“We raise this banner in honor of George Floyd, murdered one year ago today, in solidarity with people around the globe seeking a world without racial discrimination and a future with equal opportunity for all,” read a post from the embassy’s official account, which included the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter”.
Embassies in Madrid and Sarajevo also displayed the BLM flag. U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy tweeted a picture of the flag on the fence around the embassy.
— Kathimerini English Edition (@ekathimerini) May 25, 2021
El personal de la Embajada muestra su solidaridad tras cumplirse un año del homicidio de George Floyd: “Mostramos el banner #BlackLivesMatter en la sede de la Embajada para reafirmar con rotundidad que el racismo no tiene cabida en nuestro mundo”.- Encargado de negocios Tribble. pic.twitter.com/mWfa66xgKV
— US Embassy Madrid 🇺🇸🇪🇸 (@USembassyMadrid) May 25, 2021
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