A mural in Raleigh, North Carolina, near Shaw University, has been defaced with racist messages. The mural was created to honor the lives of Black individuals who have been killed by law enforcement.
According to WTVD Eyewitness News, the mural includes images of several Black women and the names of Black men. They were vandalized with a spray painted picture of a U.S. map with the words, "Not Stolen. Conquered." Another graffiti image had a man in a hat with the words "Patriot Front," which is a white nationalist group that was started after the Unite the Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Janell Odom, a sophomore at the nearby HBCU Shaw University, told WRAL, "Why now? We just had our homecoming, and everybody was having a happy celebration. To just come outside and see this was defaced right outside our campus, it's just, it's really shocking."
WTVD also reports a civil trial over the 2017 Unite the Right rally starts jury selection on Friday, November 1 perhaps providing a connection between this incident and the upcoming trial.