Calif. School Mural Depicted Aztec Warrior Carrying Out Human Sacrifice With Trump's Severed Head
A California charter school has painted over a mural depicting an Aztec warrior-priest holding a human heart and presenting President Donald Trump's severed head on a spear. A cake artist falsely identified as the mural painter decried the attempt at censorship of the mural, boldly posting the image on Facebook.
"They can try to censor it but here it is guys!!!!" Sasha Andrade Mercado posted on Facebook, with the call to "make this go viral" and offering "some stickers" based on the image.
The lead artist behind the mural, who goes by the name "Mex," said he would not apologize for the artwork.
For her part, Mercado said she did participate in painting the mural, but she did not contribute to the Aztec Trump sacrifice image. Numerous sites referenced her as the artist, and she said she had received death threats.
"We decided to change the mural because there were threats made to the school from 'white supremacist' and threats to the kids, we were just going to adjust the mural but when things got out of control and the school started receiving threats and putting the students at risk we decided to change it completely," Mercado added in a Facebook post on Sunday.
"Other media outlets started to enter school property and not being nice about it for example KUSI News John Soderman walked in the schools [sic] reception demanding to see the mural with no respect what so ever they also did not do their research and gave out my name and my images without my permission and because of that is why I started to get hate threats," she added.
"I don’t mind all the messages because we are all entitled to our own opinions just like we are entitled to freedom of expression and painting what we feel like," the cake artist wrote.
At long last, she launched into an attack on President Trump. "We will never give up to fighting for our rights and fighting to end this racist country that this 'president' has created!" Mercado declared.
The school's director, Tommy Ramirez, explained that the mural did not "align with our school's philosophy of non-violence."
“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,” he said in a statement.
The mural itself echoed many popular leftist themes. The Aztec warrior ostensibly represented native Americans retaking the land from white colonialists, with Trump representing white people and the history of white oppression.