Most hated Kmart in America gets most hated mural in town
Last week, a (hopefully) well-intentioned white artist tried to aid in healing tensions between police and Black people with a mural. It did not go well.
“I did a thing…” the artist’s Instagram post starts off.
And a thing it was. The mural, painted on the much-maligned Kmart at Nicollet and Lake Street, featured a Black civilian and white police officer hugging it out, all while a Black person captures the moment on their camera phone.
The artist, Christina Marie (@christina.marie.g), posted an image of her work, which has been both referred to as titled Reconciliation or Love Your Enemy, on Instagram. It was not well received.
“This is despicable and is degrading to the Black community,” one commenter responded. “This mural literally is for you only and everyone else with white guilt being told that your beloved police force does nothing for no one. Take it down.”
“Whew chile please take this down you look silly,” said another.
“How are you about to say ‘love your enemies?’” asked another. “You are not the one dealing with oppression. You’re here to amplify voices, not tell people “love your enemy” and paint a mural and then proceed to your privileged life.”Post too long. Click here to view the full text.