BROWNSVILLE – A freshly painted mural in downtown Brownsville of George Floyd, is the artist’s hope to inspire peace, whether it be a heartbreaking reminder or a soulful symbol to bring change.
Marcos Castro said when designing the mural of Floyd, he opted to go with vibrant colors, “When I was looking for paint, I got the brightest colors I could find.”
On May 25, 2020, Floyd, 46, was arrested by Minneapolis Police officers after a deli employee accused him of using a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. Officer Derek Chauvin is seen on cellphone video pinning Floyd to the ground and pressing his knee against the back of his neck. An independent autopsy result concluded Floyd died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
“This mural is important to me because I’m tired of seeing death of people, human beings on TV being considered just another death of a black man.” said Castro.
George Floyd’s face and name will live on in the history of police deaths, the Black Lives Matter movement and in Brownsville. While Texas’ southern most city is predominantly Latino, Castro, father to a young boy, emphasis the need for change in racial injustices and policing, “As a parent, I want to express to other parents to know how to talk to their kids. Maybe bring them to see something that will serve as a reminder or anything that can help them to just be better for tomorrow.” Castro said.
“Things need to change. If painting a small mural like this serves as a reminder to at least one person, I guess that’s more than enough for me.” added Castro.