A high school in a Washington, D.C. suburb has erected a large art display bashing police in a central area of the school.
Oxon Hill High School is a majority-black school in Prince George’s County, Maryland just south of D.C. The display, apparently created by an art class at the school, was put up by at least last Saturday, when pictures of it first appeared on Twitter:
When ur school is woke AF pic.twitter.com/DQK09nIW2t
— IS THERE A BUDGET? (@goldenpolaroid) June 6, 2015
The display, protected by official “Oxon Hill Clippers” cordons, shows two figures: one, a white police officer and the other a bullet-riddled black man with his hands up and his wounds forming the stripes of the American flag.
In front of the policeman figure is a mock-up of a fictional newspaper titled the The Clipper Post. One page titled “Obituaries” shows photos “in loving memory of” black men who died at the hands of police, including Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. The other page carried headlines such as “1 Black Male Is Killed by Police Every 28 Hours” and “Another Teen Shot Dead by Police.”
The figure of a black teenager shows his hands raised in the air in surrender, reflecting the claim that Michael Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson despite having his hands raised in surrender (this claim was later rebutted by Brown’s autopsy). Blood runs down from bullet holes on his shirt to create an American flag pattern, while his legs are covered with written messages intended to protest police violence, including “#StopKillerCops,” “Stop Racial Profiling,” and “Violence Won’t Silence Us.”
A sign next to the figures credits it to Oxon Hill’s studio art honors class and titles it “Young Black Males: The New Endangered Species.” At least 17 students appear to have signed their names to the sign, likely indicating they collaborated on the project for class.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Oxon Hill High School for more context, but a representative of the school refused to comment and hung up. TheDCNF also emailed the teacher believed to be in charge of the class that created the piece, but she did not respond in time for publication.
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