State Department encourages embassies to fly BLM flag on anniversary of George Floyd’s death


A leaked State Department memo revealed US embassies were encouraged to show support for Black Lives Matter today on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. 

The seven-page document obtained by Human Events News gave authorization to ‘diplomatic and consular posts’ to fly the organization’s flag and use its name in messages and speeches.

The memo was leaked from within the State Department by a source wishing to remain anonymous. 

Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed the memo and said it was the latest example of the government bowing to BLM’s demands. 

A spokesperson for the State Department declined to comment when approached by DailyMail.com. 

Several embassies – including in Greece, Spain, Cambodia and Bosnia – were seen flying BLM flags on Tuesday – the official anniversary of the day Floyd died when former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on the handcuffed black man’s death for over nine minutes during an arrest on May 25, 2020. 

The State Department also marked the anniversary by releasing a video describing its commitment to a ‘Global Pursuit of Racial Justice’. 

A Black Lives Matter Flag is seen outside the US Consulate in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Tuesday after the State Department encouraged embassies worldwide to show support for the organization on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death 

A BLM flag is seen outside the US Embassy in Cambodia on Tuesday. The seven-page State Department document gave authorization to 'diplomatic and consular posts' to fly the organization's flag and use its name in messages and speeches

A BLM flag is seen outside the US Embassy in Cambodia on Tuesday. The seven-page State Department document gave authorization to ‘diplomatic and consular posts’ to fly the organization’s flag and use its name in messages and speeches

The US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, also put up a BLM flag in honor of Floyd's death

The US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, also put up a BLM flag in honor of Floyd’s death 

According to Human Events, the internal memo for embassies read: ‘The Department 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.’

The memo made clear the government does not consider Black Lives Matter to have ‘one leader;’ but rather a movement and a rallying cry for protesters.

‘The United States remains concerned about the racial inequities of underserved communities, both domestically and abroad,’ the memo says. ‘The Department (of State) 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.’

The memo references the State Department’s 2.50-minute compilation video – which was posted on social media – that features nine activists from around the world and senior State Department officials while music plays in the background. 

There are pictures of global racial justice protests with soundbites from talking about how Floyd’s murder defined 2020, urging people to ‘not stay silent when it doesn’t directly impact … our lives,’ 

‘What we do in protest may not end racism, but it will bend the arc of history,’ said Gay McDougall, professor and US candidate for the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

‘I’m determined to harness that global solidarity to advance racial justice everywhere and leave our children with a less hateful, more hopeful world,’ said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the U.N.

A BLM sign is seen outside the US Embassy in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday

A BLM sign is seen outside the US Embassy in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday 

A BLM banner is seen hanging off the US Embassy in Sarajevo on Tuesday

A BLM banner is seen hanging off the US Embassy in Sarajevo on Tuesday 

Tucker Carlson, speaking on his show on Fox News , slammed the State Department memo and said it was the latest example of the government bowing to BLM's demands

Tucker Carlson, speaking on his show on Fox News , slammed the State Department memo and said it was the latest example of the government bowing to BLM’s demands

Carlson questioned whether American ambassadors should be flying the BLM flag outside the embassies on his Monday night show on Fox, saying, ‘Should American ambassadors come out against the nuclear family as BLM has, for socialism as BLM has, for race hatred as BLM does every day?

‘What the State Department doesn’t appear to understand, or maybe this is the whole point, is that the existence of BLM is a national humiliation to the United States. 

‘Have we ever had a State Department whose message to the world is, “yes, the United States is terrible”, that’s exactly the message they are sending, that’s what they believe.

The memo came on the first anniversary of George Floyd's death, whose murder sparked global protests

The memo came on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death, whose murder sparked global protests

‘Should people who don’t like the country be running the country? They are.’  

National Review writer Deroy Murdoch said the outcry would be far worse if Donald Trump ordered US buildings to fly the flags of other organizations such as the NRA.

He said: ‘Imagine if in 2025 if Donald J. Trump is reelected president with (Vice) President Ron DeSantis.

‘Imagine a few US embassies overseas, are flying flags of the National Rifle Association, or the national right to life committee.’

The State Department’s support of BLM is controversial given the organization’s controversial stances on many international issues, including their statements on the Israel-Palestine violence last week and stances on immigration and deportation. 

Last week, the organization compared the deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas to anti-police protests in the US in a statement expressing solidarity with Palestinians. 

And over the last couple years, Black Lives Matter made a list of 10 demands to end deportations – specifically calling for an end to immigration raids – and, more recently, called for a repeal of 1996 immigration laws. 

The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) eliminated key defenses against deportation and subjected many immigrants to detention and deportation by expanding the range of criminal convictions to include minor, nonviolent offenses. 

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