These are crucial times of rethinking our identity and investing in true collaboration. If the initial conversation around commissioning Shepard Fairey was transparent and collaborative in the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, then who in their right mind would have thought it was authentically representative of Milwaukee best, to promote Fairy and not a well known BIPOC artist in Milwaukee? Unless the conversation involved those who have no clue what the temperature is in this country. And I don’t mean the corona virus.
This mural represents an historical and ongoing movement for equality, which by its very nature is not particular to a place or person. As a city resident and someone who works downtown, I strongly support approval of the project, and agree with earlier comments by Julia Taylor.