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BLM muralist says if mural is defaced, 'We'll just do another one'

Rebecca Robinson was given the 'L' in Black and painted the words "New Nation" inside of it.

INDIANAPOLIS — Rebecca Robinson was one of the Black artists selected to paint a letter of the #BlackLivesMatter mural on Indiana Avenue. She was given the 'L' in Black and painted the words "New Nation" inside of it.

"It's something that signifies empowerment, justice, equality, and more importantly than anything, unity," Robinson said. "And I feel like that encompasses everything - a new nation - and I think we're headed in the right direction, but we have a lot of work to do."

She said being a part of the #BlackLivesMatter mural was empowering.

"Black Lives Matter - it's just such a powerful statement," she said. "You know, there's mixed feelings about it. It does not discredit 'All Lives', not at all. All lives do matter, but Black lives matter because, you know, there has been so much injustice, and inequality and it's time for people to speak up, speak out, and do your part, whatever that may be."

Robinson said she is aware of several different social media campaigns to deface the mural.

"I'm really proud that, even though that was bound to happen and is going to continue to happen, you have to just, you know, stand your ground," she said. "If it gets defaced, then OK. We'll just paint another one."

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