Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.

The Richmond, Virginia Planning Commission revoked its approval for a 200 foot-long “Black Lives Matter” mural on a street near the state capitol after a city council candidate, Mike Dickinson, submitted plans for a “Baby Lives Matter” mural to be placed on a street outside a Richmond Planned Parenthood Clinic.

Dickinson says he was trying to make a  simple point about government advocacy of certain speech above others:

“If you allow one, you have to allow all.” 

“I think it’s best if government just stays out of making roadways and other public areas political art displays, because then you pick and choose and government shouldn’t be in the business of doing that…”

Dickinson says the city attorney warned the Planning Commission it was opening a can of worms if it gave approval to one viewpoint and not others.

It would be much better for all concerned if the local government concentrated on filling potholes and keeping streets safe rather than turning them into bulletin boards.