Apple Maps updated to show ‘Black Lives Matter’ street painting

Apple has quickly updated its satellite imagery in Apple Maps to show the huge yellow letters of a “Black Lives Matter” mural that’s painted on one of the streets in Washington D.C. that leads to the White House.

Apple Maps updated to show 'Black Lives Matter' street painting

Eli Blumenthal for CNET:

Google Maps, Waze and Bing have been updated to reflect the name Black Lives Matter Plaza, though Google and Bing’s respective satellite maps have yet to add the mural to its images.

The mural comes as tens of thousands of people around the US (and around the world) continue to protest to condemn acts of racial discrimination and senseless violence from the police following the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25. Similar murals have appeared in several US cities.

A number of major tech companies, including Apple and Google, have since pledged millions of dollars to help social justice and civil rights groups as well as black communities. Apple CEO Tim Cook has also published an open letter on racism that currently adorns the main section of the company’s website.

Apple Maps updated to show 'Black Lives Matter' street painting

MacDailyNews Note: macOS, iOS, and iPadOS users can view the image via Apple Maps here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter, “Speaking up on racism,” can be read on here.


  1. Recipe for eliminating blacks in America:

    -1- Provide food stamps so that poor junk food can be purchased and ingested en masse causing diabetes, obesity, heart and respiratory conditions.

    -2- After many years of seeding #1, introduce a virus that preys upon those with diabetes, obesity, heart and respiratory conditions and is spread by close contact, coughing, sneezing, touching face, and rubbing eyes.

    -3- Induce mass protests that brings together virus carriers in close contact with those with diabetes, obesity, heart and respiratory conditions and use tear gas which causes coughing, sneezing, touching face, and rubbing eyes.

    -4- Collect the bodies.

    1. -5- When blacks are disproportionally affected and die from a virus, blame Trump (as always).

      Step 3 not even required due to Step 1. Also, add to Step 1: heavily promote cigarettes to the black community.

      1. -6- Use black deaths due to Steps 1-3, to get a Democrat elected which allows for further continuation of Step 1. Run all steps in loop to continue future reductions as needed.

        1. -7- Throw in easy availability to child murder in black communities via the innocuously named (on purpose, of course) “Planned Parenthood” that has so far resulted in nearly 20 million black babies killed in the womb since the 1973 Roe vs Wade tragedy.

          Black women make up 14 percent of the childbearing population. Yet, 36 percent of all abortions were obtained by black women. At a ratio of 474 abortions per 1,000 live births, black women have the highest ratio of any group in the country.

          White women are five times less likely to have an abortion than black women. Perhaps it is a matter of availability. A study by Protecting Black Lives, in 2012, found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority communities.

          “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” — Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

          In her autobiography, Sanger proudly recounts her address to the women of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, N.J., in 1926.

          1. Hey, look, Tim Cook dressed up like LeBron James… something about “feeling the black man’s pain” or something:

            Blackface ain’t cool, Tim, but we all know you have the exact same tattoos, plus you’re a bleeding heart SJW, so you’re instantly forgiven.

          1. However, speech that is off-topic remains off-topic regardless of one’s political views. The article is about companies that produce digital maps changing the labels on their maps to reflect the official name of a street. Whether one agrees with the BLM movement or not, the name of the plaza remains. Somebody looking for an address on BLM Plaza expects the map they are using to provide an answer.

            The former 19th Street in Austin is now MLK Boulevard and the former 1st Street is Cesar Chavez. It is not an endorsement of those men’s careers to use the official street names. Their presence on a map is not an excuse for pushing conspiracy theories about people who are completely unrelated to the map makers or even to the City Council.

            1. See those tiny dots all over the “BLACK LIVES MATTER” street painting in the image illustrating this article? Those are people. People who are not social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of whom are most susceptible to dying from COVID-19.

              So, sweetie, my post is perfectly on-topic. You just don’t like what I’ve laid out (likely because it makes too much sense and causes you to think for a change, instead of just feel).

              As always, have a nice day. 🙂

            2. Anyone can look just at this thread and see HOW you champion the free speech rights of those who disagree with you, including protesters against police excessive force, the Washington City Council, and Apple Inc. You would even deny Apple the right to accurately reflect the name of a street on its map products.

              How do you suggest they handle the literally hundreds of streets, parks, schools, and other geographic features that have been officially renamed recently to avoid honoring Confederate heroes? (I think that is stupid, personally, but it happened and cartographers have to reflect it.)

            3. TxUser: “Anyone can look just at this thread and see HOW you champion the free speech rights of those who disagree with you”

              Yes, they can certainly assess for themselves and ALL opinions are welcome.

              You confuse my disagreeable opinion at times with what exactly? As usual your posts are intentionally vague and deflect to a laundry list important to you putting words in my mouth. If you think you’re going to sucker me in to discuss the list it will never work, not now, not EVER. I’m too smart for that fake ruse.

              “You would even deny Apple the right to accurately reflect the name of a street on its map products.”

              YOU LIE! Never said that! What I said it is a SJW political move, which it clearly is, and Apple has every right to do it.

              Thanks for playing and getting it all wrong, AGAIN…

        1. Incorrect Snowflake, consult the nearest attorney. Stop (figuratively) locking yourself in the bathroom and (figuratively) whining for the proprietor of MDN to check under the bed for monsters. Instead offer a rebuttal, using logic and real facts, to the statements you don’t like. If you do not know how to do this contact your university’s Bursar for a refund.

        2. Your ignorance of first amendment law is by your ignorance of history, and as a bonus trumped by your arrogant privileged self-entitled child-like demands.

          Hate speech is protected first amendment speech. SEE ACLU protection of Nazi marches and speech.

          The best way to counter hate speech is with more speech showing why it’s wrong. If you cannot counter the argument and ask for banning, you’re just proving you have no argument and you yourself are fascist in demanding only your world view.

          1. Never trust a zombie attorney.

            The First Amendment applies to government agencies. It does not apply to private parties like MDN. They could lawfully delete any offensive post or poster, and neither the government nor the poster could do anything about it.

            The right to control their own message belongs to MDN, and to MDN exclusively (barring extreme.cases like child pornography and speech imminent breach of the peace). It is the same principle that allows hate speech in public parks, but does not require Temple Beth El to rent its worship space for Nazi rallies.

            Since MDN could bar these off-topic inflammatory messages, but has not done so, it runs the risk of seeming to adopt the messages as its own. They clearly think that risk is worth running. I wouldn’t, but it isn’t my platform.

            1. Again, you have a problem with free speech.

              What you call “off-topic inflammatory messages” is misguided and mischaracterized because as a liberal snowflake you simply can’t handle the truth or an opinion different from your dogma.

              Tough sweetheart, grow up and respect the First Amendment…

            2. Where in the First Amendment does it say that private internet platforms are required to publish off-topic political diatribes? MDN has a perfect right to delete inflammatory comments. MDN readers have a perfect right to request that it do so. None of that has anything to do with the First Amendment.

              Calls for the federal government to mandate “fairness” on internet platforms like MDN, Facebook, and Apple News are something else entirely, That would violate the Free Speech provisions of the Constitution.

              Your inability to draw that simple distinction after being corrected so many times by so many posters is clearly not due to culpable ignorance, but to an astonishing level of cognitive blindness… invincible ignorance for all to see.

      1. MDN – This is despicable. If you have any integrity, still consider yourself a legit tech site for all Apple fans, because you do provider you next service, and aspire to be more than just a hangout for haters, remove this drivel.

        1. What exactly is “despicable” about what First Then wrote?


          Do you realize that FT is, of course (and clear to most), NOT providing a “recipe for eliminating blacks in America,” but rather criticizing the endless cycle of welfare, poor nutrition, and the willful disregard of the methods to prevent the spread of a virus by those most susceptible to said virus?

          Perhaps you aren’t very well educated. U.S. public schools, I assume? Or, perhaps, English isn’t your first language.

          Regardless, FT is merely calling attention to the type of people who back the unending cycle of subsistence welfare, ignore the plague of poor nutrition (and many other problems) such policies engender, and the irony of those most at risk deciding to assemble to spread a virus that preys most effectively upon them.

        2. Do you find 24/7 NEGATIVE coverage of President Trump for 3.5 years on CNN, NYT, et al “despicable?”

          If not, how can you find opposite opinions on MDN “despicable?”

          What is “despicable?” Free speech and opinions other than your own?

          Don’t be such a snowflake you are better than that, it’s all GOOD…

    2. Recipe for eliminating redneck leadership within the US.

      1- Have President Trump speak about the miracles of hydroxychoroquine and other untested unproven drugs.

      2- Have President Trump advise the use of disinfectants WITHIN the body for a cure to the virus.

      Have President Trump contravene scientific experts and order States to re-open before they are ready.
      Remove the dead from voting lists

      1. Actually having the media regurgitate any rumor they hear on twitter and treat it as news and then have emptyheaded fools like you believe and repeat it is a better plan.

        1. FYI. These statements are NOT from the media (fake news or otherwise) or rumour from Twitter – this is all directly from the horse’s mouth!

    3. @ First Then
      I see you have already conceded the next election of the-man-who-just-would-not–shut-up by removing the dates from your name.

      1. Removing “14” and “16”, both highly successful GOP election years, thank you very much, in no way equates to conceding any election.

          1. What are you going to do next, declare the “winner” of the Indy 500 as the guy who burns the most fuel? How ’bout the guy who uses the most tires?

            That’s not how you win the race, dummy. And, no, trying to changing the rules to make it seem like you “won” after the race is over doesn’t make you a winner. It makes you a weak-minded sore loser.

            1. Just the Facts,

              For the sake of clarity, instead of “party of Putin,” you should just type, “I am mentally handicapped.”

      1. Sherm, you are the one who has been insisting that there is no Covid-19 threat. The black population, which is the most affected, has decided that racist violence is a bigger threat, worth incurring the risks. They are adults and have the same rights as the white guys with guns who were demonstrating a few weeks ago without any police interference.

        1. “The black population, which is the most affected, has decided that racist violence is a bigger threat, worth incurring the risks.”

          Really? Please post facts because I am not interested in your opinion.

          The “bigger threat” is from liberal pinheads that self righteously believe their fake opinions are more important than reality…

  2. This is great they were able to update it already.
    Those that refuse to acknowledge the correction that is hopefully happening right now will be left in the dust and rightly so.

  3. And, by the way, what’s the point of painting BLM on a street that points to the White House when President Trump has been supporting peaceful protestors all along?

    The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief.

    Yesterday, I spoke to George’s family and expressed the sorrow of our entire nation for their loss. I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace. And I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack, and menace. Healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos are the mission at hand. (Applause.)

    The police officers involved in this incident have been fired from their jobs. One officer has already been arrested and charged with murder. State and federal authorities are carrying out an investigation to see what further charges may be warranted, including against, sadly, the other three.

    In addition, my administration has opened a civil rights investigation, and I have asked the Attorney General and the Justice Department to expedite it.

    I understand the pain that people are feeling. We support the right of peaceful protesters, and we hear their pleas. But what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace.

    The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists. The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings.

    The main victims of this horrible, horrible situations are the citizens who live in these once lovely communities. The mobs are devastating the life’s work of good people and destroying their dreams. Right now, America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy. And there will be no anarchy. Civilization must be cherished, defended, and protected. The voices of law-abiding citizens must be heard, and heard very loudly.

    We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities. We must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence, prejudice, or fear.

    We support the overwhelming majority of police officers who are incredible in every way and devoted public servants. They keep our cities safe, protect our communities from gangs and drugs, and risk their own lives for us every day.

    No one is more upset than fellow law enforcement officers by the small handful who fail to abide by their oath to serve and protect. My administration will stop mob violence and will stop it cold.

    It does not serve the interests of justice or any citizen of any race, color, or creed for the government to give into anarchy, abandon police precincts, or allow communities to be burned to the ground. It won’t happen.

    Those making excuses or justifications for violence are not helping the downtrodden, but delivering new anguish and new pain.

    From day one of my administration, we have made it a top priority to build up distressed communities and revitalize our crumbling inner cities.

    We fought hard with Senator Tim Scott and many others to create Opportunity Zones, helping to draw a surge of new investment to the places in our country that need it most. We must all work together as a society to expand opportunity and to create a future of greater dignity and promise for all of our people. We must forge a partnership with community leaders, local law enforcement, and the faith community to restore hope.

    Radical-left criminals, thugs, and others all throughout our country and throughout the world will not be allowed to set communities ablaze. We won’t let it happen. It harms those who have the least. And we will be protecting those who have the least.

    The leadership of the National Guard and the Department of Justice are now in close communication with state and city officials in Minnesota. And we’re coordinating our efforts with local law enforcement all across our nation.

    In America, justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate. It won’t happen. It is essential that we protect the crown jewel of American democracy: the rule of law and our independent system of justice. Every citizen in every community has the right to be safe in their workplace, safe in their homes, and safe in our city streets.

    This is the sacred right of all Americans that I am totally determined to defend and will defend. My administration will always stand against violence, mayhem, and disorder.

    We will stand with the family of George Floyd with the peaceful protesters and with every law-abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety, and security.

    We are working toward a more just society, but that means building up, not tearing down; joining hands, not hurling fists; standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility.

    President Trump, May 30, 2020

  4. I’m thinking that instead of these stupid Democrat mayors disbanding and defunding the cops in their cities, just remove policing from black neighborhoods. That’s where the problem is right? That’s where black people are “being hunted” by police. Right? Then instead of removing the police from the areas where people like their cops, just remove the cops from black areas.

  5. I agree…it’s imperative to delineate the players in the “protests.” It’s foolish to throw one’s support to a movement, in general, without knowing who’s protesting peacefully and who’s involved with violence/destruction. Last night, I heard a Chicago City Council member justify that Asian and Arab businesses were destroyed because they didn’t reinvest in the area…which was primarily black.

    What’s puzzling; if indeed the numbers support the high number of blacks involved with high level felonies, why would the Black community not want to address this concern with means other than supporting a group, that may be defined by a supportive moniker, but willingly employs violence to achieve their goals? An obvious follow-up; the Black community truly sees a removal (whatever that will look like?) of a police department as not adversely affecting the crime #’s?

    Maybe our culture now sees, or increasingly accepts, violence as a rightful means to achieve desired goals?

    1. So, it is okay now to bring back literally tar and feathering, or riding out on a rail, or caning, or calling out for a duel the miscreant lying scum that is today’s politician in America 2020!

      Defund the politician. I can accept that.

      Of course, these idiot politicians will do away with having the police within City Hall, public forums, town halls, etc. The politician can look to their neighbor for safety and protection.

      1. “The politician can look to their neighbor for safety and protection.”

        Their high paying taxpayer paid salaries already provide personal security. That’s why Democrats have no problem defunding or restricting security for the rest of us.

        If the swamp protected class only walked a mile in our shoes…

  6. So from a fellow American of African decent, I wish all companies in general and Apple in particular would be smart and stay above the political fray by simply NOT playing the game. What Apple did provides no value to me whatsoever, work on providing real value by making maps better, not to make a political statement.

    1. The city government of Washington, DC, made a political statement (which is what all statements by governments are) by renaming a street. The map makers added the new official name to their maps. Having the maps reflect the street signs is not a political statement. Not changing the map to reflect the territory WOULD be a political statement.

        1. No, publishing a map that accurately labels a street with its officially designated name is not a political statement. It is what cartographers do in their everyday nonpolitical lives.

            1. And just because you disagree with the Washington City Council renaming a street does not mean that it did not happen, or that map makers are able to ignore it.

            2. TxUser:

              “And just because you disagree with the Washington City Council renaming a street”

              I disagree with the SJW motives, NOT the councils rights.

              Show us where I said otherwise.

              Whenever you are ready…

  7. Unlike Apple Maps, Google Maps still does not list Black Lives Mater Plaza on their maps unless you click on it. Google Maps still just lists 16th St.

  8. The BLACK LIVES MATTER pavement text was expertly done. Apple is correct to update the map so that all Apple Map users can see the awesomeness.

  9. It’s nice to know that Apple, Inc. can take a few minutes out of its search for the next high margin business to update a satellite image to make a political point. What next? Tim the Savant™ announcing that he’s given a billion dollars of the shareholder’s money to BLM? Or maybe another donation to the offshore hedge fund known as the SPLC.

  10. Instead of these companies donating millions to causes, how about if we try this. STOP making all the things that you peddle, in other countries. Move the plants to the USA and locate them in areas where people can lift themselves. Just sayin.

  11. I have been a longtime reader of MacDailyNews for the better part of two decades now, and I truly have enjoyed the, um, “lively” discussions we get here, even dipping my own toes in the water now and then. During that same two decades, I’ve been an investor in Apple, and that investment has done pretty well for me. Financially, I’ll be OK for retirement, and I’m in a position now to determine when that will be — tomorrow or five years from now (I like my job and expect to stick with it for a while). These days, every time I come to MDN, I’m greeted by a plea for a donation, and since Apple’s been doing so well, I’ve been considering doing just that. But no, I will not be doing that. And the absolute abdication of any intelligent moderation on this very thread is what brought about my moment of clarity. This could be a much better and more useful site if you didn’t let so many mean-spirited and blatantly political messages contaminate the discussions. But, the evidence shows, that’s exactly what you want — a political ranting site disguised as a tech news site. I realize you’re not going to change — the empirical evidence shows that. Despite that, I still find some reports on the site (and the occasional “SteveJack” editorials) useful to me, for now, but I will not be a financial contributor, and I will be reducing my daily visits to once-or-twice weekly ones. (Old habits die hard, eh?) I feel like I’m losing a friend, but my friend has turned toxic on me, and I don’t need that in my life. Even if you decide not to let this comment go public, I want you to know what at least one of your readers thinks. I strongly suspect, though, based on other comments here, that I’m not the only one. The site needs to grow up.

    1. I’m a long-time contributor as well and I miss the early days of MDN. So the bottom line is that I’m not going to contribute one cent to a site that encourages this type of debate (from both sides) and then refuses to act in the cause of common decency AND free speech.

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