Memorial for Sandra Bland Defaced

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Just a day after it appeared, a tribute to Sandra Bland in downtown Ottawa was defaced with the words “all lives matter.” 

Ottawa-based artists Kalkidan Assefa and Allan Andre painted the memorial Sunday at a public graffiti wall in honour of Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell after being arrested for a traffic violation earlier this month.

The Ottawa coalition of Black Lives Matter posted photos of the art, showing racial slurs covering Bland’s face.

“[We] will NOT accept this as a reality of our city’s treatment of the importance of Black lives and will continue to take a stance against such racist actions,” the group wrote on Facebook.

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Source: Black Voices

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