The reaction of the painting makes an artist feel “destroyed”.
The Detroit Institute of the Arts recently unveiled a public work of art. The painting, created for the Stirling Heights Police Department in Michigan, caused a backlash on social media, with some users reportedly accusing the artist of being a white supremacist.
The painting is titled “Serve and Defend” and was created by Nicole MacDonald, according to the Detroit Metro Times. Several photos of the work have been posted online and show several cops holding hands with their heads bowed in front of an American flag.
MacDonald, who reportedly describes herself as a socialist, says the picture was supposed to portray a message about police reform. She also said she understood how people had mistaken the image of officers bowing and praying in front of an American flag and that she also understood why it might need to be removed.
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The Stirling Heights Police Department reportedly provided feedback and information on the final project.
Fox News turned to McDonald’s reaction department, which accused them of canceling the culture that followed it at the request of the American flag.
According to MacDonald, she was asked to add the American flag, which apparently does not appear in her original sketches. She reportedly told the news: “So people are now saying it’s like bowing and praying in front of a flag that’s just rude. I mean, I understand the reaction.”
She also said: “I feel like I have to (take it down). I mean, I can’t make that call, but at the moment I feel that way because I think art should serve the public if it’s public art, and the museum is in a majority black city. And if people find it a reflection of hostility, that’s not my intention – it’s absolutely, 100% contrary to my attention. “
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While the DIA initially posted an image of the picture on social media, it reportedly removed it due to negative feedback. In a subsequent post, the museum wrote that it removed the first one due to the tone of the comments, but apparently it had to delete this post as well.
Many commenters seemed angry that the taxpayers’ money may have been used to fund a “propagandist mural.”
MacDonald, who has been accused by some of being a white man, told the Detroit Metro Times that the answer was not what she expected. “I’ve never had that kind of reaction,” she said. “I feel completely destroyed.”
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MacDonald reportedly devotes much of his artistic practice to celebrating Detroit’s black history.
A spokesman for the museum told the publication that the publications had been deleted due to safety concerns of certain individuals who had been specifically called in and apparently targeted.