WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Black Lives Matter mural was finished by local artists and officials of Oak Park, Illinois in less than two days only to be defaced overnight by still to be identified vandals.
- Some letters of the Black Lives Matter were painted over to now read All Lives Matter.
- A similar Black Lives Matter mural in a courthouse in Martinez, California was also vandalized and charges have already been filed against the culprits.
What Oak Park officials in Illinois as “a testament to community acknowledgment of the Black Lives Matter movement that has focused public attention on the inequities and systemic racism that have such a negative impact on people of color,” has been defaced.
At nearly 100 feet wide, the Black Lives Matter mural was painted in the colors of the local high school of navy blue and orange, the pride flag and the LGBTQ. Some of the letters have been vandalized and covered that it now reads All Lives Matter.
The mural was the brainchild of Cullen Benson, a graduate of the local Oak Park and River Forest High School, and was painted in less than two days by local officials and artists.
Tuesday night, it was vandalized by people who Oak Park Police still have to identify. Evidence is still being gathered.
Artists and local officials are still discussing if there is a need for more additional work to bring it back to its original state after the vandalized letters were washed off the next day.
A Black Lives Matter mural in a courthouse in Martinez, California was also vandalized by Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53. Charges of violation of human rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism of graffiti were filed against them.
Source: New York Post