BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)- Stop the Violence Coalition leader Murray Holman didn;t like what he discovered Friday morning. Eighteen different symbols were spray painted on the concrete pad at the Martin Luther King Memorial at Fillmore and Best Streets.
“Chalk disappears.This is paint,” said Holman. “This is a monument. This is desecration. I understand that you have African stuff here, the country but this is paint. It should not be standing here like this.”
Some appear to be images of an Ankh, an ancient symbol of eternal life. Others depict the African continent, with a phrase ‘Go get what you left behind, our story’. “I think it’s somebody’s own personal views on trying to push their own personal propaganda. If you’re gonna do chalk, do chalk, don’t desecrate a monument by putting this stuff down here and it does not leave.”
Not far from the monument is a free book exchange box. It is allowed to be there. Painted on the back of the book box are symbols that are similar to what was spray painted on the concrete. WIVB checked with City of Buffalo officials and there is no indication that city officials gave anyone permission to spray paint the symbols on the concrete.
“This is sacred ground,” said Holman. Don’t desecrate this by leaving this here. This paint does not come off. Now we gotta call somebody to get this removed.”
As of late Friday, a spokesman for the Mayor’s office says every attempt will be made to power-wash the images off of the concrete as soon as possible.