Step 2 - Paint over - erase Trump tweet
Step 3 - add colour
“ Only Love Can Do That ”
acrylic on canvas 30” H X 30” W
"Only Love Can Do That"
“ Only Love Can Do That ” informed by section of “Patriots” Mural
at John Adams Middle School Los Angeles
acrylic on stucco 35’ x 112’ 2004
The “Patriots” theme mural at John Adams includes political leaders, social activists and sports hero’s as well as regular folk. The background has a heart shape as well as a colourful background of red, white and blue conveying the spirit of America.
The painting commenced with a sketch of Martin Luther King Jr. and a quote from him
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
It also contained this quote from Trump:
“Our great african American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact
on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”
Why Riots Happen In Places Like Baltimore
“…But scholars of American social movements say the distinction might not be so clear. Instead, they argue rioting is often what happens when marginalized groups feel they have no other outlet for expressing their grievances.
The Kerner Commission — a panel established in 1967 by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the root causes for the race riots of the time — suggested as much in its final report. “Ineffectiveness of the political structure and grievance mechanisms” was one of the motives fueling riots, said the report.
Martin Luther King Jr. alluded to a similar point in a 1968 speech during which he said it would be “morally irresponsible” to condemn rioting “without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society."
“These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative to engage in violent rebellions to get attention,” said King. “And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard."
More Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”