YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – A âBlack Lives Matterâ street mural painted this summer in southeast Michigan has been defaced by vandals who covered part of it in white paint.
The weekend attack in Ypsilanti left the words âBlack Livesâ on the 260-foot mural soaked in white paint, while the word âMatterâ was left untouched.
Trische Duckworth, executive director of community organization Survivors Speak, was joined on Sunday by city officials and others who expressed outrage at the vandalism in the city about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.
âIt was a horrible display of hate,â Duckworth said.
She said that no matter who disfigured the mural, the law shows that racism and white supremacy âare not a thing of the past. It is alive and active.
City manager Frances McMullan said law enforcement was investigating the vandalism. She said in a statement that the city was “sickened by this horrific act of destruction”, but added that the mural would be restored.
âWe’re going to get over that and come together to restore the mural,â McMullan said.
The vandals left behind the painted name of a group identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist hate group.
Ypsilanti City Council approved the mural at the entrance to a city park in February. Volunteers painted the mural and a second in June with donated paint.
Duckworth said council is expected to discuss the disfigured mural this week.
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