Memorials for George Floyd, the 46-year-old Minneapolis man killed at the hands of police in May 2020, have been erected across the United States and even as far away as Afghanistan. However, it seems not everyone is a fan of the monuments.
According to The Daily Wire, someone defaced a bust of Floyd located in New York City with paint on Sunday morning.
“There’s video footage police were able to ascertain,” New York Police Department detective Frances Sammon told CNN, according to The Daily Wire.
“They show a male ducking down under one of the statues,” Sammon added. “He then mixes something together, and, as he skates away, he throws a container of paint at the statue.”
Volunteers rush in
Andrew Cohen, co-founder of Confront Art, told CNN that volunteers were quick to clean up the mess.
“They went to the hardware [store] and bought supplies out of their own pockets,” he said, according to Fox. “This is inspiring teamwork and support from the community.”
Among the volunteers was Harmony Seaburg, who described the scene. “It was really hard to see this larger-than-life man like this,” Seaburg said, according to Fox. “We’re trying to get all the paint off his face, but it’s very emotional.”
The statue is being displayed as part of Confront Art’s “SEEINJUSTICE” exhibition. The piece’s creator, artist Chris Carnabuci, said he wasn’t surprised by the vandalism — but that didn’t make it any less offensive.
“I’m not shocked, but I’m still pissed,” he said. “It’s a very counterproductive thing to do, and it’s not the kind of civil discourse — the keyword being civil — I wanted.”
“A long way to go”
In a written statement to the BBC, Carnabuci said actions to deface the pieces of art aren’t “productive or meaningful.”
“Vandalism of any sort is not an action that is productive or meaningful,” he complained, as the BBC reported. “Actions like this remind us that we have a long way to go.”