You needn’t ask which president is so defiled in a mural at MAAC Community Charter School in Chula Vista, Calif. If it had been Barack Obama, real heads would have rolled long before the first brushstroke was made.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the image of the “bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump on a spear sparked a controversy that prompted officials to cover it and issue a response distancing themselves from the work.”
That doesn’t explain of course why it took a controversy for officials to react. The article reveals that the painting was made by students and “invited artists” during a fundraising event at the school last weekend, which means attendees watched it go up and evidently had no problem with the subject matter.
The school’s director, Tommy Ramirez, is quoted as saying:
We understand that there was a mural painted at the event this past weekend that does not align with our school’s philosophy of non-violence. We have been in communication with the artist — who has agreed to modify the artwork — to better align with the school’s philosophy.
Does Ramirez’s statement suggest that the mural’s depiction of violence was his only complaint and not that it showed the violence being visited on the president of the United States?
Sasha Andrade, the artist responsible for the part of the painting that features Trump, agreed to alter it but has posted a photo of the unadulterated mural on her Facebook page with the defiant message “They can try to #censor it but here it is guys!!!”