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7/16/2020 2:42:00 PM
Guest Column
The Message Is Clear: Deface, Repaint, Every Time.
Group of volunteers repainting the“United We Stand” street mural Wednesday, July 15 in Lincolnton.(Photos Courtesy Janet Reep Morgan)
Group of volunteers repainting the
“United We Stand” street mural
Wednesday, July 15 in Lincolnton.

(Photos Courtesy Janet Reep Morgan)

Janet Reep Morgan
Guest Columnist

I happened to be in town yesterday evening (July 15), and I saw folks at the mural surveying the burnout marks left by someone the previous night. I grabbed a paint roller, had a few laughs and reminded fellow painters that it was expected that people wanted to deface the new street art. In the book, "The Tipping Point", Malcolm Gladwell describes how small expressions of disorder invite more serious crimes (p. 144 if you're interested).

This isn't my first rodeo at painting-over over defacement. One summer, when I was a young girl, a group of teenager’s spray painted a neighbor's abandoned building close to the road. As we passed it, I giggled and my mother asked, "do you know what those words mean?" I flippantly replied with a nonsense answer. The next afternoon, in the heat of the summer, I found myself washing, cleaning and painting my neighbor's building. I don't know who put those words on the building, but the intent was a scare tactic. We painted over those hateful words that day and every time in the future, allowing my elderly neighbor to reclaim his property. Love wins.

This art mural was approved by the city council, paid for by private donations and is meant to be enjoyed by everyone.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Article comment by: Kimberly Austin

I thought the artist was going to include the skid marks, not paint over them. You are starting a "war". The very nature of LGBQ is exclusive. Why not include and S and make it something for everyone? The LGBQ "movement" is so ANGRY, it's so MILITANT. Why are you all so angry? Why not love everyone? Isn't that your goal? To be accepted and loved as you are, for who you are? It seems, sadly, that it has become "all about you", and that will accomplish nothing except to divide and anger people. It's not "all about you", it's about all of us.

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