Farrakhan’s ferociously antisemitic remarks were taken out of context, you see.
“Municipal Funded Mural in New York Criticized for Featuring ‘Prominent Antisemite’ Louis Farrakhan: Reports,” by Shiryn Ghermezian, Algemeiner, August 31, 2022:
A mural in Westchester, New York, that celebrates Black history and the Black Lives Matter movement has stirred controversy for featuring antisemite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
The 2,500-square-foot mural, located on the Manhattan Avenue underpass of the I-287 highway in the town of Greenburgh, depicts dozens of influential Black leaders including Bob Marley, Mohammed Ali as well as Farrakhan, who is illustrated speaking with an accusatory raised finger.
Farrakhan has a long history of making antisemitic remarks, which include calling Jewish people “satan” and “termites”; chanting “Death to Israel”; sharing anti-Israel conspiracy theories; calling Adolf Hitler “a very great man”; blaming Jews for slavery in the US; and publicly denying the Holocaust.
Community activist Clifton Abrams, who spearheaded the project, told ABC 7 NY that Farrakhan is an “icon” whose comments have been taken out of context. The news outlet added that the Greenburgh Town Board spent over $100,000 of taxpayer funds for the mural, which is on state property.
The board said in a statement on Aug. 25 that the image of Farrakhan in the mural was not in the approved sketches submitted by the designer, Kindo Art, and that the “unauthorized imagery” will be removed.
“While the artist’s interpretation of artistic expression was welcomed, the addition of Louis Farrakhan and several other people was never approved by the Town,” the board’s statement said. “The Black Lives Matter Manhattan Avenue Mural Subcommittee therefore voted to remove the unauthorized imagery. The artist has agreed that Louis Farrakhan will be taken off of the mural and the image will be removed this week.”…