Mural, titled 'Take a Breath,' was created by local artist about one year ago.
"Now BLM gonna say that lighting strikes are racist, and they should check their privileges,"
ED Noor: No comment can serve this ironic act justice! But this is a sign or a portent? Does the good Lord have a sense of humor? Was the wall fragile? An improvement to the neighbourhood?
By Emma Colton | Fox News
July 14, 2021
Photos of the destruction show part of the brick wall reduced to rubble, with fragments of mural still remaining on the wall along its border.
The piece, titled "Take a Breath," was created by local artist David Ross about one year ago in honor of Floyd, who was murdered in Minneapolis last Memorial Day by police officer Derek Chauvin.
Ross said he received threats over the mural and speculated the destruction could have been caused by vandalism and not lightning.
"When I did the mural, there was stuff on the wall that I couldn’t remove and that let me know how strong that structure was," Ross told the Toledo Blade. "The lightning thing, that’s possible, but I know it didn’t just fall."
The Ohio city said it plans to replace the mural and that it is exploring different locations to house it.
One city building inspector said the destruction could have also been due to the deterioration of the wall. He added that inspectors recently found the middle of the wall, where the majority of destruction occurred, had been bowing.
"It was just age. It just came away," inspector Hugh Koogan told the Toledo Blade. "It happens to the older buildings."
The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department, however, filed the cause of the destruction as a lightning strike.
Commenters had a bit of a field day reacting to a WTVG investigative reporter's tweet about the mural's demise:
~ "And they say God isn't real," one commenter wrote.
~ "I'm not a religious person whatsoever, but if there was ever an event that caused me to pause, this would be it," another user said. "Wow..."
~ "Warning ~ be on the lookout for liberal logic on this: Lightning struck the mural; There is more lightning because of climate change; Republicans don't believe in climate change; Republicans are all white racists; White racists therefore destroyed the mural," another commenter quipped.
~ "Now BLM gonna say that lighting strikes are racist, and they should check their privileges," another user observed.
~ "Was wondering why we wanted a mural of a criminal anyway," another commenter noted. "Of course it's awful he's dead, but that doesn't mean we should celebrate a guy who held a knife to a pregnant woman's belly."