Target: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
Goal: To prevent a newly painted mural in downtown Boston from being removed due to anti-Islamic comments.
A newly painted mural in the financial district of Boston has been the subject of bigoted anti-Islamic hatred in the region in recent days thanks to a prompt from local Fox News 25. The news station posted a picture of the mural on its website, followed by the question, “what does the mural look like to you?” The question has resulted in a slew of racial slurs, anti-Islamic commentary, and profanity from some citizens who think the painting is depicting a Muslim terrorist. Some even went so far as to say that the artwork was a celebration of Islamic terrorists who left from a Boston-based airport on September 11th, or stated that the “terrorist” in the mural was likely related to Barack Obama.
The mural, which resides in Dewey Square (also the former home of Occupy Boston), was created as a promotion for a new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) exhibit by “Os Gemeos.” The Brazilian duo is known for their graffiti-like artwork that ranges in subject matter from family portraits and Brazilian folklore to social and political commentary. While the painting does depict a person with some article of clothing wrapped around his head, this is a common theme in Os Gemeos’s work, and in no way implies support for any certain racial or religious group.
Fox News’s leading question invited a slew of derogatory, bigoted, and ill-intended comments about the artwork that is being exhibited. However, Boston is a city that thrives on its diversity of people and ideas. It would be a travesty to see this beautiful mural removed because of the ignorant and racist comments of some citizens. Tell Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to support and maintain this mural and urge the public to practice civil discourse in the discussion of its meaning.
Dear Mayor Menino:
The new “Giant of Boston” mural in Dewey Square adds a delightful splash of color and culture to the gray and heavily cemented financial district. Despite the creativity and beauty of the artwork, many who follow local Fox News 25 have been using the mural to publicly announce their anti-Islamic stances. While some of these statements have been bigoted and racist, it is important not to let this disgruntled minority ruin it for the rest of the citizens of the city who are excited about the public exhibit.
That is why we are writing today to ask you to continue to support and maintain this mural and urge the public to practice civil discourse in the discussion of its meaning. Public artwork such as “The Giant of Boston” is one of the things that make Boston so great, and it would be a shame to see this sort of creativity disappear from the city.
[Your Name Here]