Skip to comments.Massive mural memorializing slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is going up in East New York
Posted on 07/06/2012 11:34:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The citys first known Trayvon Martin mural is going up on a wall of an East New York laundromat - adding to a brewing campaign to make sure history doesnt snub the slain teens image.
Teenage boys will start painting the 100-foot picture July 16 on New Lots Laundromats wall underneath the elevated tracks of the IRT No. 3 train.
The East New York mural will join a growing list of similar street art popping up in black neighborhoods across the country.
We want him to become a martyr, and its sad that we even have to say that, said Catherine Green, executive director of ARTs East New York Inc., who is overseeing the project.
We want to see change coming out of this. People see a young man with a hoodie and they think he is a criminal.
The seven young painters will show off the outline for the giant image in mid-July but are set on drawing Martin dressed in the his famed sweatshirt.
It goes back to hip-hop and how people dress. When you see that hoodie, it signifies what people think about our young men in our community, Green said.
Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman gunned down the hoodie-clad Florida teen in February telling cops he thought the boy appeared suspicious.
Initially, authorities didnt arrest Zimmerman, citing the states controversial Stand Your Ground law. A national debate on racial profiling ensued and officials later charged Zimmerman with second degree murder.
Martin snapped a picture of himself in a gray hoodie before his death. The image went viral as buzz surrounding the case intensified and is now on countless t-shirts and posters.
State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Crown Heights) used the picture on a June 7 flyer inviting young Brooklynites to a rally against a floundering Stand Your Ground bill stalled in Albany.
The story of Trayvon Martin will find its way into the history books, Adams said. It symbolizes the frustration and anger of young men of color losing their lives by their own hands, by the hands of the police, and by vigilante groups.
The Martin family copyrighted their sons hoodie photo earlier this month, along with the phrases Trayvon Martin, I am Trayvon Martin, and Justice for Trayvon Martin, said Michael Hall, co-founder of the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation, an advocacy group tied to Martins legal team.
We want to stop people from making a profit from [the image], said Hall, explaining that while he was unaware of the East New York mural, he doesnt have a problem with the plan.
Still, Hall was skeptical about whether street art will push history book authors to include the Trayvon Martin case.
History will dictate what it wants to acknowledge. They will dictate what they want to pay attention to, Hall said.
America has gone insane....
Just a street in many towns renamed in the "Cesar Chavez" and "Martin Luther King" area of town, where no normal person goes after dark...
A martyr to what??
Go to work, like they do every other day?
The system. The man. Whatever. Even though Mr. Zimmerman is 1/4 Hispanic, 1/4 black and 1/2 white.
The media have sold their soap, and will continue to do so on the spin-off stories generated by the racism they have fomented and the hate they have brewed.
Nothing else matters to them, and the facts are the first casualty.
There have been and will likely be many more human casualties as a result of their perfidity.
Especially when it is hot out...
Why is he hiding?
“America has gone insane....”
America is rapidly going insane.
Nest they will want to rename the country after the little thug.
Freakin stoopit is as stoopit does ....
Saint Trayvon, patron Saint of the hoodie,
will forever grate the malls of no justice
no peace for ever and ever, Achmed.
Trayvonshoodie.com, TrayvonMartin.com, IamTrayvonMartin.com, JusticeforTrayvonMartin.com
You got that right.
Only is a Democratic Cesspool like NYC would the powers that be permit a mural of a violent thug to be painted.
Mohammed Atta murals?
OJ Simpson Murals?
Wayne Williams murals?
Yup, gin up as much pressure on George Ze Pawn. That’s what it’s all about. The Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world love this sort of roused rabble. An urban legend being created before our very eyes.
Thank you George Zimmerman wherever you are.
Will the mural show Trayvon wearing a hoodie, flipping the finger, and mixing Robitussen with Arizona Watermelon Tea and Skittles to make a “lean” brew?
I’m from NY, and have travelled through East NY. It is one of the worst areas in the city. When you read reports of someone being hit by a stray bullet, it’s usually in East NY. Many taxi drivers will refuse to service that area. It is war zone. So it’s not suprising that Trayvon is getting a mural there.
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