Trayvon Martin Mural Stirs Up Controversy In Florida

by Yesha Callahan

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A mural unveiled at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee is stirring up a bit of controversy. The mural depicts a boy in a hoodie resembling Trayvon Martin being shot by another man, a local CBS affiliate reported Friday.

A Miami artist, known simply as  Huong, from Vietnam, is the woman behind the 100-foot mural she named “We All Are Trayvon Martin.”  The title of the painting is painted across the mural in several languages, as well as images of civil rights leaders like the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with blood flowing from his head.

According to the report, there is a mirror in the mural where the teenager’s face would be so visitors can see themselves in his image.

Huong said her mural is part of the Peace Mural Foundation, a nonprofit aimed to promote awareness of human suffering through art.

“The Trayvon Martin trial captured the country like no other had since O.J. Simpson,” she wrote in a description of the mural on her website. “It was more than just a heinous crime, it was social injustice. No one ever imagined that on that dark, rainy night, the life of a young man would be stripped from him in cold blood. Carrying nothing but a bag of Skittles he had just bought from a convenience store, the only crime he committed that night was walking into the path of George Zimmerman.”

  • Belle

    There is a mirror in the mural where the teenager’s face would be so visitors can see themselves in his image. That is the most important part. Too many people empathize with GZ when he ignored emergency responders direction too leave Trayvon alone, got into a fight with him, got “scared” and shot him, yet they can’t empathize with a teenager walking home being followed by an armed man.

  • https://www.facebook.com/thornefielder Cherl Thorne-Fielder

    It is quite easy for me to put myself in Trayvon’s mothers shoes and that makes it easier to empathize and have compassion for her situation, wealthy non minority parents cannot fathom being in that position and certainly cannot fathom the outcome being the same…poorer non minority parents are for the most part in denial…and their hate and other issues will not allow them to see this through the eyes of a mother…so they make gz a hero of sorts…it is sad…they need to look into that MIRROR!

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    I love the mural and the mirror in the middle is the best part. I hope not one tries to desecrate it.

  • march pisces

    i will admit when i say this the other day on another site i was a bit disturbed. i didn’t read the attached article just look and moved on. now that it has been explained to me that a mirror is in place of T.M.’s face i fully get it and think it is brilliant.

    when you put yourself in someone else’s place your whole perspective changes. see yourself as trayvon…..brilliant….

  • http://www.watercoolerconvos.com Jenn M. Jackson

    I will admit, the imagery is a bit jarring…well…very jarring. I saw this the other day and didn’t realize what the artist was getting at. But, I totally see how having the mirror there brings this whole story home. I think this will be especially salient for non-blacks who often do not have to face or even acknowledge this type of violence.

    I think Tallahassee should be commended for standing behind this artist and her vision. But, the state should do more to try and alleviate this type of violence in the first place.

  • ruggie

    Powerful and disturbing without being irresponsible…this is what good art is supposed to do.

  • Nat Turner

    an MMA-trained armed man.

  • gene willis

    bold and refreshing,not to mention what it realy stands for.travon was killed because he decided to go after zimmerman.he lost.he was also on the phone with his girl friend.if he had time to talk to her,why didnt he put her on hold and contact the police/oh thats right,blacks fear police for a good reason. thats why trayvon never called police,he,like so many blacks do not trust police.and i do not blame them for that.however,he could have left the area and went back to the store and called his family he was visiting and let them know what was going on.all that mural is doing is causing more racial devision,weather you understand this or not.that mural is aimed at just one thing,hate those who do not look like you.and fear all who do not resemble who and what you represent in you’r community.the mirror should have been placed on the shooter to represent all white and hispanics.

  • Belle

    This mural is advocating empathy. Why should Trayvon have to leave an area that he had every right to be in? Since you mention calling the cops, what about the fact that Zimmerman called the cops and ignored the directions he was given?

  • TKM

    He didn’t ignore the directions given, But, whatever happened leading up to the confrontation the fact remains that Martin was beating Zimmerman’s head into the pavement. The mural is a complete fabrication. If they really believed in Martin’s innocence why didn’t the mural show how it really happened. Zimmerman wasn’t standing and firing. If he really was the racist as he is claimed he would have approached with his weapon drawn, which he didn’t. I hope you’re never in Zimmerman’s position. While he could have done things differently he committed no crime. It was a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened. I feel for the Martin family, but let’s not destroy Zimmerman because of racial hatred.

  • TKM

    The mural is the essence of irresponsibility. It should show Martin siting on Zimmerman’s chest, beating Zimmerman’s skull into the pavement. If what you believe in is right then show the truth. Don’t hide behind a lie.

  • TKM

    cowards

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