Retired Black firefighter sues city after mural depicts her in white-face


City attorneys and commissioners will meet next week to discuss a lawsuit filed by Boynton Beach’s first Black female firefighter after her image was represented as white on a public mural.

Latosha Clemons, who rose through the ranks to become Boynton’s first Black deputy fire chief, is seeking more than $100,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit…

A photograph of three women — Clemons and two white female firefighters — served as the template for the mural, which when completed, however, portrayed all three women as white. The 2019 project by the city’s art commission to honor the fire department also included a depiction of Glenn Joseph, the city’s former fire chief, who is also Black, and whose image also was represented as that of a white man.

I often have a conflict deciding whether acts like this originate in stupid or ignorance. In this instance, the only differentiation lies between stupid and bigoted.

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