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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.”


12 Comments

  1. ruggie

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

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    • 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.

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  2. 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.

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    • 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?

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    • 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.

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