A mural in Midtown Manhattan has been the topic of discussion among New Yorkers due to the way it represents African-American and Latina women…
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Such was the case in Midtown on Wednesday evening, as people gathered to express their displeasure at a mural depicting black and Latina women in various outfits that, it is safe to say, go beyond the boundaries of even the most casual Fridays at nearby Ernst and Young.
The artwork, by Sofia Maldonado, a Puerto Rican-Cuban muralist, stretches 92 feet by 12 feet along 215 West 42nd and has drawn a steady stream of debate since it officially went up March 2.
But many have voiced their support online. Writing on Post Pomo Nuyorican Homo, Marisol LeBron defends the mural against some charges levied in the above video: “The most striking thing to me about the video and article was the conflation of working-class/poor women of color with ‘prostitutes.’ That people were able to argue that these women with their ‘long finger nails’ were sex workers of Times Square’s heyday was really complicated and problematic.”
Keysha Whitacker on Single Women Rule is frustrated that the protests have been organized in part by New York City Black Professionals, a social networking group.
“I am sick and tired of black folks protesting stuff they have no business protesting,” she writes. “This is an opportunity to detach from our knee-jerk, inferiority complex reactions, and open a dialogue, for young and grown, about how we see ourselves and how we try to manage how other people see us.”
No word on the mural’s fate; it’s slated to remain up through April 30.
Does it matter that the artist responsible for creating the mural is Puerto Rican and Cuban???