San Francisco, CA – A BLM mural in downtown San Francisco was painted over. Video shows two people wearing patriotic t-shirts and painting over the large yellow letters that take up the entirety of the street.
Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, both residents of Martinez, California are currently being accountable for a hate crime. The event took place on the 4th of July.
The mural is there in order to give a voice to those who are subject to harsh police brutality and excessive racial profiling.
Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton feels that this issue can bring awareness to the systemic racism that holds the United States accountable for large-scale incarceration rates of POC.
“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention.”
The BLM Mural Acts As A Voice For The Voiceless
The BLM Mural acts as a representation for those not heard. With reports and videos circulating throughout the internet which depict horrifying police brutality, many are speaking out. Remarks from President Trump are leaving the country in disarray. With massive public outcry currently affecting the state of the country, there is no word from the White House.
President Trump is currently stoking the fire by calling those who seek justice “thugs” or worse. These remarks are not doing anything to help create a better America.
The protests come amid the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her house when police dressed as civilians broke in. The police were looking for someone who by the time of the incident in prison. Breonna Taylor is not currently receiving justice and the police accountable are still performing their duties.
George Floyd was killed in police custody as the video shows Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for over 8 minutes. While under Chauvin’s knee, you can hear him desperately gasping for air while screaming “I can’t breathe.”
America and Other Countries Unite For Justice
Thus, all 50 states are experiencing protests for equality. On the flip side, many actual racists have come out of hiding and continue to harass POC.
The defacing of the mural (which is temporary), is a hate crime. The current atmosphere shows a wounded America. A country with roots not healing from hundreds of years of racial injustice. Thus, the culture of America is not making progress.
Both defendants are in direct violation of civil rights, vandalism under $400, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti. If they are guilty, they can receive up to one year in jail.