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A famed rock that is known for serving as a sort of canvas for local artists has suddenly become controversial after a “Black Lives Matter” slogan has been continually covered up over the past week amid protests against allegations of widespread police brutality continue in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

According to resident Kseniya Makarova, she painted the slogan on Bernal Hill Rock in San Francisco in order to highlight the recent protests regarding Floyd, who died in police custody last month, but it was covered up the next morning. She noted that some artwork has been up for as long as a month in the past.

“I was very shocked when the following morning, I went by and the whole front of the rock had been covered with copper paint,” said Makarova, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “Even though the rock is temporal and the message changes, there’s an unspoken courtesy rule to never change it quicker than a week. It was a purposeful act of silencing.”

 

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Makarova repainted the slogan for several days in a row, only to see it covered up again. That led residents to establish shifts to monitor the rock in order to see who might be covering up the BLM message.

“Not cool! … The BLM piece was vandalized, artist will repaint tonight,” said a post to an Instagram page set up for the rock.

Fox News reported that a resident of Bernal Heights, Rocky Smith, was on a stakeout at the rock early one recent morning when he discovered a woman who was in the process of covering up the BLM artwork.

“She said, ‘It’s time for some pizza, something nonpolitical,'” Smith said told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I asked if it was something about Black Lives Matter that she didn’t like, and she said, ‘I don’t like the politics, this is a nice little community. I don’t want the violence. I don’t want the politics. I just want to go for a walk and have a nice day.’”

He noted that supporters of the Black Lives Matter artwork are not going to continue watching the rock overnight. Smith said that people believe her removal of the artwork is more important than the message they seek to bring.

“The hope is rather than it being about her, it should be about amplifying the message,” Smith said. “And the ironic thing is the person who keeps painting over it, they don’t want to be reminded of [Black Lives Matter] but literally every time they do that, it’s getting more and more attention. It’s giving a lot of people including myself satisfaction that what she’s doing is kind of backfiring.”

The paper noted that residents are now posting messages of racial equality on other rocks in the area.

Some people are bringing their kids with them and using the opportunity as a way to discuss racial issues.

“I’m just totally impressed by how people are mobilizing,” Makarova said. “I thought I was painting a rock, and Bernal has turned it into something really big, and mostly beautiful.”

That said, others are fearful that Leftists driving the BLM message as the only one worthy of attention following the Floyd incident are fostering a climate of conformity rather than debate.

“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through, but it is definitely not about black lives — and remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will,” Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said during his Monday program. “Anyone who has ever been subjected to the rage of the mob knows the feeling. It’s like being swarmed by hornets. You cannot think clearly.

“And the temptation is to panic, but you can’t panic,” Carlson continued. “You’ve got to keep your head and tell the truth. Tell the truth. If you show weakness of any kind, they will crush you.”

That truth, he added, is that American overwhelmingly is not a racist nation.

Jon Dougherty

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