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NY town fights to remove Farrakhan on taxpayer-funded BLM mural

A taxpayer-funded Black Lives Matter mural in a tony Westchester town is causing outrage after the artist quietly slipped in an image of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, sources said.

The painting of the firebrand minister — who has in the past ranted about “Satanic Jews” — was inserted among depictions of sports heroes and cops as part of a $100,000 government work in the town of Greenburgh.

Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said Friday Farrakhan’s face was not on the approved mural and demanded his removal.

“My feeling is if someone thinks Farrakhan is a great person they could put his picture on their house or in their living room but it shouldn’t be on a taxpayer-funded wall,” said Feiner, who is white.

Feiner, a Democrat, said members of the local Jewish community called him to say they were “very offended” by the inclusion of Farrakhan, who once told followers they needed to distinguish “between the righteous Jew and the Satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Farrakhan has warned his followers about the different types of Jews.
Farrakhan has been accused of anti-Semitism for his previous comments about Jewish people.

The town — where the average income is over $130,000 a year — approved the mural to go up on Manhattan Avenue under an Interstate 287 overpass, after seeing a sketch of the art that didn’t include Farrakhan.

“We had no clue that he was going to be, you know, putting this image on. So, we’re all shocked,” Feiner told The Post.

Despite Feiner’s opposition, artist Kendo Art said he had a right to include Farrakhan and hasn’t decided if he will remove him.

“We understood that the sketch that I provided wouldn’t be an exact one-to-one rendering of what was gonna go on the wall,” the artist told The Post.

“There was a lot of back and forth about what figures and what people we could add and I was really particular about being able to include people that we — from our community — kind of saw as being prevalent figures.”

The draft shown to the city reportedly did not include an image of Farrakhan.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he was unaware the mural was going to include Farrakhan.

AJ Woodson, editor-in-chief of the fiery Black Westchester website, has blogged on the topic and said he is in support of keeping Farrakhan on the mural because of what he represents to the black community.

“My problem is bigger than Farrakhan and bigger than this mural,” Woodson said. “My problem is white people picking our heroes for us and who we are allowed to celebrate and who we are not allowed to celebrate.”

The mural also includes images of black leaders like Malcolm X and boxing champ Muhammad Ali, who Woodson noted were controversial in their times.

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