Artist Unveils 100ft “We Are All Trayvon” Mural at Florida State Capitol
Vietnamese artist Huong, who lives in Miami, created a 100ft mural showing a hood figure being shot by a man that looks similar to George Zimmerman alongside a picture of Martin Luther King, with blood dripping down his head.
The mural bears the message “We are all Trayvon Martin” written in numerous languages. The face of the hooded figure is a mirror so viewers will see their own face in the mural when viewing it.
Huong posted the following on her website,
“The Trayvon Martin trial captured the country like no other had since O.J. Simpson. It was more than just a heinous crime, it was social injustice. No one ever imagined that on that dark, rainy night, the life of a young man would be stripped from him in cold blood. Carrying nothing but a bag of Skittles he had just bought from a convenience store, the only crime he committed that night was walking into the path of George Zimmerman.”
Huong and her mural joined a group of protestors who have been staging a sit-in outside the Florida governor’s office, calling for a repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
The law requires no duty to retreat from a threat before using lethal force if someone fears their life is in danger.
Over 30 states have stand your ground statutes, castle doctrines, or use case law supporting stand your ground in self defense shootings.