U. West Florida Student Struggles to Find Faculty Sponsor for Pro-Police Mural
“The current mural at the University of West Florida contains multiple references to summer 2020, when the Black Lives Matter riots took place.”
The student asked to put up a pro-police mural to counter a left-wing mural and was told she needed a faculty sponsor.
Campus Reform reports:
Student struggles to find faculty willing to sponsor pro-police mural
A mural containing Black Lives Matter, anti-police, COVID-19, and feminist imagery was painted in the library of a Florida university last semester.
But when a student tried to get a pro-police mural put up as well, the hurdles started to appear.
The current mural at the University of West Florida contains multiple references to summer 2020, when the Black Lives Matter riots took place. A kneeling person is depicted in the foreground of protestors with their fists raised as a city burns behind them.
A woman with pink hair is also shown standing up to police officers in riot gear.
Lastly, an individual wearing a face mask stands next to what appears to be a police officer behind bars.
Campus Reform obtained photos of the mural from University of West Florida student Kenzie Cueno, who referred to the imagery as “selective outrage.”
“I personally found the mural to be a slap in the face to our law enforcement officers,” Cueno told Campus Reform.
Cueno reached out to her school in hopes of starting a mural project of her own. She said her project would serve to “pay a tribute to all our first responders to show that people do appreciate them!”
A few months after the mural was completed, Cueno reached out to UWF in hopes of getting approval for her project.
Campus Reform obtained a Nov. 15 email that Cueno received from the university’s Dean of Libraries that explains that a mural is only allowed if the request is sent by a faculty member.
With these rules in place, Cueno has struggled making her project become a reality.
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