A bust created in honor of slain Louisville resident Breonna Taylor was smashed and vandalized, presumably by Black Lives Matter protesters, in downtown Oakland, California over the weekend.
Police are investigating the act of vandalism and vowed to get even with whoever smashed the bust in protest of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot to death by three undercover cops who served a wrong house warrant on Taylor's Louisville apartment in March.
The ceramic bust, installed 2 weeks ago, was painted brown and featured the words "Say Her Name Breonna Taylor."
The artist, Leo Carson, expressed his disappointment and said the vandalism felt like a personal attack on himself and Taylor.
"At first I was stunned and shocked and hurt and angry," said Carson, an unemployed waiter. "Just a whole flood of emotions. It felt like I was personally attacked and also they attacked Breonna Taylor and the BLM movement."
Carson, who was among those demonstrating in the streets prior to the November 3 presidential elections, spent the next 6 weeks creating the sculpture.
"I was able to take that time and practice and training I have as an artist and put that into service of something much bigger than myself that's happening," Carson said.
Carson created a GoFundMe page to help defray the cost of repairing the bust.
A Black artist was forced to take his Facebook page private after he posted artwork that showed a young Black girl taking up a weapon against the two white males who killed Ahmaud Arbery.
Maurice Jackson created the artwork as part of his hip-hop ballerina series. The picture, posted on May 8, shows a young Black girl wearing a pink tutu with her natural hair in afro puffs. She is armed with a rifle and is facing down two Caucasian males wrapped in the confederate flag.
She is holding a photo of Arbery, who was killed by a former cop and his son in south Georgia on Feb. 23. The two men were arrested on Thursday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
Jackson captioned the artwork: "*NEW ART* 'I THOUGHT THEY LOOKED SUSPICIOUS' #AuhmadArbery [sic] #RIP #hiphopballerinaseries."
The artwork earned praise from fellow artists and Jackson's supporters. But Black women unleashed their fury on him for portraying a minor child as the protector of Black males.
Art is supposed to be purely subjective. But the anger and bitterness expressed in the comments really reflects the frustration that many Black women feel toward Black men who abandoned them and their children for other men or women of other races.
When will Black women accept some responsibility for what Black males have become?
Most Black males were raised in homes where women were head of household. Only 33% of Black women who gave birth were married in 2019. It has been proven that Black women can't raise Black boys to be men.
It's time to do some serious self-reflection.
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