Artist Adam Rigg is using a mural of a man in a hoodie and carrying a gun to show that there are still racist stereotypes associated with African Americans.
The mural, titled “Trayvon Martin, A Black Man, A Killer,” was installed at the entrance to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday.
The Times Forum is a free forum where the press and politicians can discuss race and the death of Trayvon, who was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Rigg said he drew the mural because he was frustrated by what he called a lack of racial awareness among the public and politicians.
“When Trayvon died, there were a lot of stories told about Trayvon’s character, his potential for violence,” Rigg told the Miami Herald.
Rigg’s mural shows the faces of two men in hoodies, a black man with his hands up and a white man in sunglasses. “
In Florida, there is a culture of racial prejudice, which is something that we’re still dealing with.”
Rigg’s mural shows the faces of two men in hoodies, a black man with his hands up and a white man in sunglasses.
“Tayvon Martin’s a black person,” he said.
“That’s what people talk about when they talk about his character.
And I wanted to show the racism that’s still in the minds of the public. “
But you don’t hear a lot about Trayvon Martin’s character in Florida.
He’s got his face in the camera lens, with his face showing his eyes. “
So here we have a black boy in a black hoodie with his arms crossed, holding a gun and a pistol.
This is a white male. “
This is a black male.
This is a white male.
These are black people.
These people are the people who are responsible for killing Trayvon Martin.”
Riggs told the Herald that he’s trying to create a dialogue about race and racial justice.
“What I’m trying to do is say that it’s time for people to get past their prejudices,” he told the newspaper.
“It’s time to understand that we live in a country that is divided by race.
But in our culture, we’ve got to remember that we are a very diverse society. “
We live in America, and we are all entitled to have equal rights.
“The whole purpose of this piece is to show where there are things that are happening that we all have to start to work together to bring change.””
The whole purpose of this piece is to show where there are things that are happening that we all have to start to work together to bring change.”