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A Tiny, Secret, Street Art Monument In Boston Remembers Trayvon Martin

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Matthew Hincman made the hoodie design to reference the Trayvon Martin killing (Courtesy)

Matthew Hincman made the hoodie design to reference the Trayvon Martin killing (Courtesy)

For about four years, Matthew Hincman had been eyeing the old stump of a lamppost at the corner of Eliot and Centre streets in Jamaica Plain’s Monument Square. It stood there, with two screws sticking pointing up, as if calling for something to go on top.

“Ripe for intervention,” he figured.

And he got to thinking about the granite monument tower on the other side of the square to a couple dozen West Roxbury men who died in the Civil War. Long forgotten men, he thought. “There’s no collective memory around those historical monuments any more,” he says.

“Who do we memorialize?” he began to ask himself. “Why do we memorialize them in the public space?”

And so it happened that a couple Wednesdays ago, right in the middle of the day, the Boston sculptor arrived with an assistant and proceeded, without permission from any official authorities, to attach a small, secret, cylindrical metal thing atop that lamppost.

Matthew Hincman's "Still" (down there to the left of the lamppost) stands across the street from the Civil War monument. (Courtesy)

Matthew Hincman’s “Still” (down there to the left of the lamppost) stands across the street from the Civil War monument. (Courtesy)

On its flat top is a low relief depicting a hoodie sweatshirt cast to the ground. Around the sides it bears Hincman’s name and the curious message “Still, 2014.” The guerrilla artwork is unobtrusive, camouflaged by how well it matches its environs.

For Hincman, it’s a street art monument to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teenager who was gunned down in 2012 while walking though a Florida neighborhood talking on his cellphone by—depending on your point of view—an overzealous or just plain racist neighborhood watch coordinator. By pairing Martin’s death with the Civil War monument, Hincman aimed to make “a contemporary marker to how far we’ve come in terms of race relations, in terms of power and equality since the end of slavery, since the end of the Civil War.”

The curious bench Matthew Hincman snuck into Jamaica Pond in 2006. (Courtesy)

The curious bench Matthew Hincman snuck into Jamaica Pond in 2006. (Courtesy)

Hincman, who teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, is best known for another guerrilla art caper he pulled in 2006. Without permission, he installed a park bench on the path around Jamaica Pond. The bench he’d created resembled all the other benches already there—you know, metal legs and wooden seats—except that it had two backs, facing each other to form a U. It was funny. And odd. And after several days, parks workers observed that it didn’t belong and carted it away.

Hincman followed up by inquiring of the city where it went. At first, the Parks Department reprimanded him for his naughty behavior. But then—in one of those wonderful moments that make you think that perhaps everything is right in the world—they also said it was cool and encouraged him to get approval for the thing from the Boston Art Commission. The city board agreed that it was cool, and authorized the curious bench to return to the park under the authority granted to them in 2006 and 2009 and 2011. Since then it has been at the park continuously.

Based on this experience of official embrace, one might be inclined to think that Hincman would now be converted to going through proper city channels. But this is not the case. He remains skeptical of the city’s public art approval process. Though city arts leaders have endeavored to make the art board appear less intimidating, the bureaucracy continues to frighten off many artists. And its projects tend toward commissions in which the theme and site are often already chosen. The board, one might say, is just looking for some artist to illustrate the idea. Hincman feels this is somewhat backwards; that more ideas should originate from artists. Also he’s not sure that the bureaucracy would embrace public art that addresses tense subjects like the Trayvon Martin killing.

“How do we have these conversations in the public space?” Hincman wonders.

So Hincman continues to, shall we say, skirt the law when he feels the project requires it.

To mark the Great Recession, Matthew Hincman minted 1,200 copper coins. (Courtesy)

To mark the Great Recession, Matthew Hincman minted 1,200 copper coins. (Courtesy)

In 2009, to mark the Great Recession and the “rampant commodification of our society” he minted 1,200 copper coins with images of apples and potatoes and the slogans “Pomme de terre” on one side and “Pomme en l’air.” It was a way for him to ponder: “What if what the common people had was more valuable than what the wealthy people had?”

“Circumventing the permitting process,” he says, he dropped them on sidewalks here and there for people to discover.

Matthew Hincman's “24k txt” project. (Courtesy)

Matthew Hincman’s “24k txt” project. (Courtesy)

Then in 2011, Hincman worked with professional sign painter Josh Luke of Best Dressed Signs on his project “24k txt.” They gilded (with permission) the texting abbreviations “WOA” (work of art), “TWITA” (that’s what I’m talkin’ about) and “FITB” (fill in the blanks) to windows of the Hallway Gallery and City Feed in Jamaica Plain. The idea was to painstakingly recreate this instantaneous, disposable communication as a way of mulling language today.

Before: The tempting screws atop the stump of the lamppost in Jamaica Plain’s Monument Square. (Courtesy)

Before: The tempting screws atop the stump of the lamppost in Jamaica Plain’s Monument Square. (Courtesy)

His new Trayvon Martin memorial in Boston, he says, “It’s fairly opaque, I won’t deny that. Some may see the hoodie sweatshirt as a symbol. I don’t really want the work to be didactic.”

“For me, his death was a moment in popular media where this conversation was really opened up. Unfortunately I think there are many stories like his out there,” he says. “I wanted it to be more open than just a memorial to Trayvon as well. I wanted it to be to all young people out there with a hoodie talking on a cell phone to a friend. Because that’s what teenagers do.”

Greg Cook is co-founder of WBUR’s ARTery. Tell him what you think about public art—of the guerrilla variety or otherwise@AestheticResear and Facebook.

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  • http://stevegarfield.com Steve Garfield

    Matthew Hincman Park Bench Interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX7L9ZlprJA

  • jefe68

    I think what Matthew has done here is nothing short of brilliant.
    Not only has he fixed a broken and disused lamppost, he’s added meaning to it gracefully and with subtlety. I hope the Walsh administration takes note. They should give Matthew and Mass Art a grant to fix up more broken stuff around the city.

    • fun bobby

      with tributes to attempted murderers?

    • dusttracks

      THAT IS A LIE.

    • fun bobby

      when you say you are going to kill some one and then use a weapon (concrete) to try to do it that’s attempted murder, of course Zimmerman may well have been killed had he not been able to defend himself when he did. then its just plain old murder

  • Pointless

    Yay Mat!

  • Nathaniel Mulcahy

    a grand example of art in its purest and multi-layered sense. Love too how fitting a memorial it is in its juxtaposition with the other monument.

    • fun bobby

      yes lets put a memorial to men who died freeing slaves with a person who died trying to murder a neighbor

    • dusttracks

      THAT IS AN OUTRIGHT LIE. YOU ARE NO FUN AT ALL.

    • fun bobby

      travon was trying to murder Zimmerman because he was a creepy axx cracker, he may have had a lot of experience beating up people in school but that night he had not counted on his victim having a pistol.

  • Shawn EH

    Stealth sculpture, total win!

  • Paul F.

    what the lamestream media failed to point out, due to the fact that they wanted to stir racial anxiety, was the facts that:
    A. Trayvon ‘doubled back’ on Zimmerman and attacked him.
    B. Trayvon had been suspended from school, because he was found to have marijuana in his
    backpack and items stolen from multiple home burglaries in his locker.
    C. He was on his way home with “Iced Tea and candy”. In all actuality, it was Arizona brands
    “Watermelon Cocktail” and a bag of Skittles. 2 of the 3 ingredients needed to make the club
    drug ‘Lean’… (the last ingredient being Robitussin. Yes, cough syrup!) Which, according to
    doctors makes you paranoid and aggressive. Doctors said after the autopsy, results were
    conclusive that Trayvon used ‘Lean’ heavily, as his kidneys showed severe damage,
    consistent with its use.
    D. With all the times we have seen Zimmerman, the only image of Trayvon we see in the media is
    one of a smiling 12 YEAR OLD BOY. Trayvon was over 6 feet tall when he died, actually
    bigger than Zimmerman. If you ‘Google’ Trayvon Martin, you will find the real pictures of him.
    A gang bangin’ thug, throwing up gang signs and middle fingers. NOT the smiling little boy
    the media portrays… Trayvon was the aggressor that day, it was proven in testimony of his
    ‘friends’. However, they tried to make it a white/black thing. Too bad Zimmerman was NOT
    white, but Hispanic…

    • jefe68

      Really?
      Are you really this much of a bottom feeder?

    • Paul F.

      I’m really this much of a fact finder! You just can’t handle the FACTS!

    • fun bobby

      jefe, there is no reason to believe that zimmermans story was 100% accurate, that’s why he was found not guilty

    • Roslyn Rawls

      Hmph. Your hero has proven himself worthy of your adoration, I assume.

    • B. R. Fly

      You are disgusting.
      If you are not a resident of Florida, become one. Frankly, we don’t need your kind around here.

    • fun bobby

      one need not a resident of florida to get a concealed carry permit there

    • blisterpeanuts

      Don’t let a few facts get in the way of a good mythology. Trayvon is a hero, a role model, and symbol of an entire generation. A shining light, as it were. Don’t expose the man behind the curtain!

    • dusttracks

      No one said Martin was a hero. He was a teenager murdered without cause at the hands of a vigilante who has a history of violence.

      The media made this about race, and you fell for it.

    • fun bobby

      1. he would have been tried as an adult.
      2. he was not murdered, the man who killed him was tried for murder and found not to be guilty
      3. someone smashing your head into the cement and grabbing for your gun after threatening to kill you is just cause, even in MA, travon would have been charges with aggravated attempted murder had Zimmerman survived at all.
      4. Zimmerman’s “vigilante” history consists of him leading protests against the Sanford police for violating the rights of a homeless African American.
      5. he was never convicted of any crime much less one of violence

    • blisterpeanuts

      He was shot because he was on top of an armed man and pounding his head into the pavement. Doesn’t matter what kind of history the armed man may have had. Any ordinary person would have done the same thing. Me I would have shot the guy too. What was Zimmerman supposed to do, just take his beating because he knew Obama would accuse him of racism if he shot the assailant?

    • KK

      Have you even studied the trial at all? Apparently not. Zimmerman was in fact was standing over Trayvon and when he did his police video tape showing how he shot Trayvon he was standing. He also claimed Trayvon reached for his gun, but have you seen his gun and where he had it?? His gun was black and in a black holster behind his back in his waistband. So for Trayvon to see that he had to have had X-ray vision. Zimmerman is racist and liar. All of his Neighborhood watch calls to the police were 100% about suspicious black people. Come on!!! He never called about any other race. I can go on and on about the inconsistencies with the trial and how prosecution blew it. And you are talking about Trayvons Character but what about Zimmerman???? Domestic abuse and pulling a gun on his girlfriend?? WTH is that…really sounds like a nonviolent man who doesn’t like to “start” sh*t.

    • TruthBeTold

      He never called about any other race.

      That’s because no other races were causing problems in his community.

    • KK

      Actually he just called about any black person that was walking around the neighborhood even people that lived in the community. None of the calls he made warranted the police to come out and investigate. So you’re wrong.

    • fun bobby

      yet another lie. where are you getting all this stuff?

    • iconoclast

      50 calls in 8 years and he called about any black person? Wow, your hate and anger has made you stupid.

    • fun bobby

      and its actually a lie. he called the police a lot. most of the calls were about his neighbors garage door.

    • Microaggressive

      “Have you even studied the trial at all? Apparently not. Zimmerman was in fact standing over Trayvon and when he did his police video tape showing how he shot Trayvon he was standing”

      I watched the trial, you are lying.
      Post a link or it didn’t happen

    • KK

      When he was recounting what had happened yes he claimed that Trayvon was on top of him BUT he was standing while acting it out the whole time. Which is very odd, he should have gotten down on the ground and actually shown us all what he was narrating. Also Dr. Vincent DiMiaio evidence to back up Zimmerman’s side of the story is complete Bullsh*t. He is hired hum medical examiner that only testifies in high profile cases. He testified in the Phil Spector and Drew Peterson case. In the Phil Spector case he testified that his science proved Lana Clark killed herself and guess what he was still convicted of murder. In the Drew Peterson case he testified his scientific and medical evidence proved that Kathleen Savio sided accidentally alone in her bathtub. And again this guy was also convicted. Hrmmm I kinda see a pattern. He just gets paid by the defense to say what they want him to say. Prosecution blew this case in so many ways. It would have been an easy win. Zimmerman in guilty.

    • Microaggressive

      Uh Huh.

      Sure bud. So basically, you have an opinion that does not match the physical forensic evidence.

      Trayvon should have stayed home where he had reached instead of getting egged on by Rachael Jeantel to go beat up a “homosexual”.

    • dusttracks

      Oh, you’re REALLY REACHING…

    • Microaggressive

      YESSSIR

    • fun bobby

      how do we know you are not a creepy assed craker?

    • fun bobby

      why is it that when the defense asked the judge or prosecutor if they could come up with any possible theory of the case where it was murder they could not?

    • iconoclast

      Lol. You clearly haven’t read the transcripts.

      But keep lying about it and defending this young thug. If you are very successful you will get some more black kids killed as they act out your delusions.

    • KK

      Yes I have I have studied the case, I don’t care what Zimmerman “claims to have said happened” I look at the evidence and credibly of everyone involved including the medical examiners. Act out on what delusion? WTH are you talking about? Because I say Zimmerman is guilty that is going to make people go out and get killed?? Where is the logic in that? Explain further please.

    • fun bobby

      you are delusional if you watched the video of the police reconstruction and are now claiming he showed himself standing above martin and shooting him. or just a horrible liar.

    • iconoclast

      The medical examiner for the state made no such claim of Zimmerman standing over Maartin when he fired. Eyewitnesses to the beating testified that Martin was on top of Zimmerman seconds before the shot was fired. Injuries to Zimmerman support that Zimmerman was being beaten by Martin.

      So you are just full of bs on this.

      Getting kids killed by whipping up anger and making young punks feel like they can beat on cracka anytime they wish.

    • fun bobby
    • dusttracks

      I NOTICE IN THIS THREAD THAT ZIMMERMAN DEFENDERS LIKE TO CALL NAMES. DID ANY OF YOU KNOW MARTIN? YOU’RE ALL MAKING UP FANTASTIC STORIES TO JUSTIFY HIS MURDER AS THOUGH YOU HAD SOMETHING AGAINST HIM PERSONALLY.

      YOU’RE ALL SICK AND YOU DESERVE WHATEVER BEFALLS YOU AS A RESULT OF YOUR IGNORANCE.

      ZIMMERMAN IS A MURDERER. HE CANNOT BE DEFENDED.

      I AM FINISHED WITH THIS NONSENSICAL ARGUMENT.

    • iconoclast

      Aww, u mad brah.

      Zimmerman is an innocent man as judged by law as well as any sane reading of the facts. Hopefully Martin’s will serve as a cautionary tale to anyone else deciding to jump strangers.

    • fun bobby

      Zimmerman is not guilty there is no reason to defend him, he is a free man and has his gun back. all of the stories about travon are well documented. have you ever read his twitter feed?

    • fun bobby

      and yet your all caps nonsensical arguments seem to be ongoing

    • fun bobby

      everything you just said was a lie. he never pulled a gun on his girlfriend. wrong about the video, that one is really surprising, i have watched his police reconstruction a couple of times, how can you lie about a video?
      what sort of a racist goes on a crusade against his local police because of their treatment of an African American man even going so far as handing out literature at the African American church to get more people to help him fight an injustice against an African American by the Sanford police?

    • dusttracks

      Zimmerman had been previously charged with acts of violence. This argument is one-sided and focuses on the person who was SHOT instead of the SHOOTER. Ridiculous.

    • fun bobby

      travon was suspended from school for fighting and drugs. Zimmerman had a clean record and a history of fighting racism in his community.

    • iconoclast

      Going to expose Martin’s history of school suspensions, possession of stolen goods and history of violence as stored on his phone? Or just talk about a confrontation with an unidentified liquor control officer who accosted his friend (which did not result in a felony charge)?

      Yeah, I thought so. You are too wrapped up in imagining Martin was a 12 year old kid.

    • fun bobby

      “charged”
      travon was actually suspended from school for drugs and violence when the incident occurred. Zimmerman had a history of fighting for justice for African americans against his local police

    • TruthBeTold

      The facts don’t matter. What matters is ‘the narrative’.

      The fact to take from this is that Trayvon Martin will never jump a Hispanic ever again.

  • Derek Read

    If the sculpture is meant to memorialize Martin, why not put his name on it? Or did I (or this report) miss something?

    • fun bobby

      or better yet he could have put some quotes from martins twitter account

  • X-Ray

    Martin was shot while he was on top of Zimmerman, who was on the ground, his head being beaten on the pavement by Martin. He was not shot while walking, as asserted in the article.

    • dusttracks

      Zimmerman stood over Martin and fired into his chest. Zimmerman’s recount of the incident (which goes miraculously unquestioned by some) is physically impossible.

      The lies about the actions surrounding this incident spiral as far out as the fearful and ignorant can imagine. Next, they’ll say Martin broke into Zimmerman’s home.

      Moreover, whatever the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death, Zimmerman killed someone’s son. He didn’t even have the decency to apologize to Martin’s mother and father for killing their child.

      You can sit and type til your fingers fall off, you will never know what really happened, and you will never change the minds of those who believe otherwise.

    • Microaggressive

      LOL
      You are such a liar

    • dusttracks

      YOU ARE SO NAIVE.

    • fun bobby

      all of the evidence is available for review and it all tells the same story. travon was a thug and he went to go kick some cracka azz and he caught one. open and shut

    • X-Ray

      There was a trial and the facts and the evidence support the verdict. Martin was the attacker.

    • dusttracks

      MARTIN DID NOT ATTACK ZIMMERMAN. HE RAN FOR HIS LIFE.

    • fun bobby

      and so in your theory of the case fat slow Zimmerman ran so fast that he caught him even after he lost sight of him? what did he do then tackle him? the small fat man caught the 6 foot tall high school athlete? really?

    • northern_sentinel

      You are correct.
      It is nigh on impossible to change the mind of a fanatic true believer .
      They are impervious to facts and reason.

    • fun bobby

      i get that but i don’t understand how he is able to make up things from scratch. there were witnesses and physical evidence and now this idiot wants to say “Zimmerman stood over Martin and fired into his chest.”
      how bizarre

    • dusttracks

      THERE WERE NO WITNESSES. ONE WOMAN SAID SHE SAW SOMETHING AFTERWARD. THAT DOES NOT COUNT AS A WITNESS.

    • fun bobby

      wrong again. there were several witnesses. there is a really great video that syncs up the video reconstruction with both zimmerman and the witnesses 911 calls and his written statement and the coroners report and other photos. do you think Zimmerman is a genius?

    • iconoclast

      Dusty has to consider nearly everyone a genius given how blindly it believes in fairy tales.

    • fun bobby

      I suppose its all relative.

    • fun bobby

      false there were people who saw the conflict and they were on the phone with 911 so there is the tapes of that as well.

    • northern_sentinel

      Knuckleheads like this fellow had something to do with it…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saa2cd4vBy4

    • fun bobby

      more dangerous was the network news audio engineers creating epithets

    • iconoclast

      Yeah, and even the dishonest prosecutor didn’t dare make that stupid allegation.

      Face facts. Martin was a young thug who jumped a guy he thought was unarmed. Oops!

    • dusttracks

      That’s a lie. ZIMMERMAN GOT OUT OF HIS CAR TO CONFRONT MARTIN.

    • iconoclast

      Not what is in evidence. Your delusional anger is not evidence.

      Martin chose poorly when he decided to attack that “cracka” Zimmerman.

    • fun bobby

      safari rule

    • fun bobby

      how did you even come up with this theory? certainly not based on any of the physical evidence or witness reports which all jive perfectly with Zimmerman’s statements. next you will claim he chased him down and tackled him because he is a racist and when he saw travon tasting the rainbow it drove him in to a homicidal rage and he chased down the high school athlete managing to catch up to him after he had lost sight of him motivated by his hate of black kids with candy. whatever you believe is 100% irrelevant: not guilty
      BTW he apologized on several occasions to travons family even though he did nothing at all wrong.

    • dusttracks

      ZIMMERMAN SAID WHAT HE NEEDED TO SAY TO GET OFF.

      How is it that you can buy his story hook, line and sinker without question? Oh, wait…

    • iconoclast

      Yep, there it is. The recourse for everyone without a clue–waycist!

    • fun bobby

      yes that’s it. he is a genius right? he murdered this poor tiny innocent child, who in fact had not aged a day since he was 12, on a lark and then he is such a racist evil genius the thought up a lie so perfect that neither a cop nor a prosecutor or investigator or anyone else could poke any holes in it. his story is easy to believe because its obviously true and there is no plausible alternative theory with any evidence for it at all. if you have a plausible story that actually fits the physical and audio evidence then please explain in detail how things “really went down”.

    • TexTopCat

      So, you were a witness? So, you testified in court? At this point in time, the jury has made a determination and that is what we all must accept. Having listened to much of the testimony there was no other decision that the jury could have made.

    • fun bobby

      it was such an obvious open and shut case that’s why he was not charged until after the NYT dubbed him a “white Hispanic” racist.

    • dusttracks

      I obviously was not. What I DO know is that Zimmerman was the ONLY person who gave a statement in an incident that involved TWO people.

      Are you so obtuse that you think he wouldn’t say whatever he had to say to keep from going to jail, knowing that there would be NO ONE alive to give the other side??

      I can’t with you people.

    • LoveOneAnother

      I am so with you dusttracks!!! A man who was told by the police to stay in his car and not approach the other person was NOT the victim. He was looking for trouble so that he could be the hero. He is and always will be a wanna-be. I for one would love to see Hincman’s art and applaud the man behind it.

    • TexTopCat

      “who was told by the police to stay in his car” – wrong on two accounts. One a 911 operator is not “the police”, is not a police officer, does not have the authority to “tell” anyone what to do.
      Second, the statement was “you do not need to follow him”, not an order in any sort of way.
      Sorry, but I do not think that we should “honor” a criminal like Trayvon Martin.

    • fun bobby

      he was already of the car and never told by police to stay in his car, he did not chase Zimmerman.

    • TexTopCat

      There were expert witnesses and an eye witness that placed Trayvon on top during his assault on Zimmerman. The 911 recordings also matched Zimmerman account. Physical evidence, Trayvon’s shirt, indicated that Trayvon had to have been right on top of Zimmerman when he was shot.
      If you can not accept the verdict of the jury, then maybe you should think about moving to a place where mob rule is the law, maybe Mexico or Iran.

    • fun bobby

      are you so obtuse that you think coming up with a lie, in the heat of the moment, that perfectly jives with all evidence and then keeping it perfectly straight is all but impossible?

    • TruthBeTold

      They don’t want to hear the truth. They want to believe their ‘narrative’.

    • TexTopCat

      I suspect that they know better, but it is the “narrative” that they feel will give them more political power.
      Just as Shannon Watts of MDA (Everytown) is not a dumb person, but she repeats some really outrageous lies to gain political power.

    • iconoclast

      They depend upon people’s unwillingness to spend hours refuting the lies. True here, true with that Watts woman.

  • pjinaries

    Racist!

    • fun bobby

      lol but be careful not everyone knows you are joking

    • pjinaries

      NOT Joking. Zimmerman was unappointed, a vigilante. He was acting on the fact that it was a young black man. He should have known his neighborhood. A youngster who has a Black Parent in that community belonged there. Zimmerman did NOT belong there.

    • fun bobby

      Zimmerman was a concerned citizen and knew his neighborhood very well, he knew the house that travon was casing was empty and had been broken into twice before, he called the police. travon, seeing this, ran away, Zimmerman did not give chase, even though obviously his chubby self was not going to catch 6 foot tall high school athlete travon, in order to give them an address to meet him at he went up the sidewalk to see a house number, that’s when travon, who apparently had decided running away was not going to teach anyone a lesson, jumped him and threatened his life, then he slammed his head into the ground until Zimmerman managed to get his gun and save his life.
      it was his community, travon was only staying at his fathers house because he was suspended from school for drugs and fighting.
      what sort of racist leads a crusade for justice for a homeless African American?

  • tomdmeyer

    Echoing others the description of Martin being “the unarmed African-American teenager who was gunned down in 2012 while walking though a Florida neighborhood talking on his cellphone” is completely bogus.

    Whatever precipitated the encounter, Martin had struck Zimmerman multiple times before Zimmerman shot him. The incident might *yet* be entirely Zimmerman’s fault, but Martin was not simply walking and talking when he was killed.

    • fun bobby

      lets not forget he was enjoying sweet treats. that’s very important to the case. that’s why it keeps getting mentioned. everyone knows that someone who likes candy can never harm another. its practically an open and shut case but all these racists ignore the fact that ice tea makes anyone harmless.

  • Sherry for Taunton

    Please read the article -” For Hincman , , an unarmed Africian-American” This is an article about the inspiration of an artist NOT a research paper on the Zimmerman trial. Hincman is entitled to his interpretations of the interaction between Trevyon and Zimmerman. ICYMI the section is called “The ARTery” Guess Picasso had no artist value either since his portraits did not contain a footnote to Grey’s Anatomy.
    Its interesting to me that so many would use this artwork and this article to “defend” Zimmerman. Perhaps after Zimmerman’s actions against his wife and girlfriend you need to quell a guilty conscience.

    • iconoclast

      So an unarmed young thug jumped the wrong ‘cracka’ thinking his victim was unarmed too.

      Martin chose…poorly.

    • fun bobby

      Zimmerman’s actions against his wife and girlfriend. verbal arguments?

      do you think the wife getting convicted and husband not might have placed a little strain on their relationship?

      do you think the girl who decided dating Zimmerman was a good idea was a rational and balanced individual?

      i would guess he had to put it upsurreptitiously because no one would want a memorial to a homicidal thug in their neighborhood.

    • TexTopCat

      Zimmerman’s general character or other faults, does not mean that Trayvon was justified in attempted murder of him.

    • fun bobby

      he seems like quite a decent guy from all accounts

  • Microaggressive

    Someone go and steal that post to honor the thug for which it stands.

    • fun bobby

      it should have included an ash tray for blunts

  • northern_sentinel

    Monument to stupidity

  • iconoclast

    It doesn’t look like a young thug jumping the wrong ‘cracka’. As a reminder for civility it fails.

  • TexTopCat

    Just one more stupid idea. We create No Gun Zones to protect criminals and then make heroes out of the criminals. I would think that every black person in the US should feel insulted that a criminal thug is chosen as a symbol of their race.

    • fun bobby

      Obama must be a terrible parent if that could be his son

  • drudge brietbart

    oh boo hoo. isn’t boston the same place where martial law took effect last year?

    • fun bobby

      don’t worry he is hard at work on a memorial to the bomber who lost his life

  • Leigh Rich

    Boston sucks eggs

  • Microaggressive

    Some art for ya

  • jefe68

    Funny how the immature adolescent trolls have come out to post their mendacious memes.

    • fun bobby

      yeah jefe I have not heard yours in a while

    • jefe68

      It’s interesting how you right wingers think you’re being clever.
      You only make fools of yourselves by public displays of belligerence, ignorance, and intolerance.

    • fun bobby

      I am not a right winger, any one who denies the obvious and well documented facts in this case is a delusional idiot or a pathological liar

    • jefe68

      Whatever you are you’re making a fool of yourself and prove my point the puerile/adolescent behavior being aired on this forum. Grow up.

    • fun bobby

      jefe the only childish behavior is yours. your comments add no substance to the discussion

    • fun bobby

      that’s all you jefe you are the one who can’t post on topic

  • Booker T

    Does it say, “Don’t beat creepy ass crackers.”?

  • Booker T

    It is terrific to celebrate an example of “you shouldn’t attack someone, the may have a gun.”

  • Booker T

    The next monument will be to the victim that moved here from a foreign country, received government assistance for most of his time here, got a free education, read the Koran, bought some fireworks and some pressure cookers, protested the oppression of celebrating a 26.2 mile run, needed an extra gun and killed an MIT cop, stole a car and forgot to kill the owner, shut down a city for a day, and then tragically died when his brother ran him over in his car.