The Catholic University of America has hung pictures of George Floyd depicted as Jesus outside the campus university chapel in the campus ministry office and outside the law school. The artist Kelly Latimore has repeatedly indicated that the paintings depict George Floyd and Jesus. The University claims that the pictures show “the Virgin Mary supporting the body of the dead Christ.”
Karna Lozoya, the vice president for communications at the University, claims, “You can identify Jesus by the marks in the halo,” and that it is not George Floyd.
Several students who attend the University have expressed their frustration over the paintings.
“The icon has no place at The Catholic University of America; it is blasphemous and an offense to the Catholic faith, but it is not surprising at all that it was put there. It is just another symptom of the liberalization and secularization of our campus. There are many students, faculty, and staff who are concerned about this, but there is nothing we can do, and if we sound the alarm, we will be labeled racists.”
“George Floyd is not Jesus Christ. … He is not a saint, nor a martyr, and to, in any way, compare him to the sinless son of Almighty God is to do a damning disservice to the vast majority of Catholics and Catholic theology… It is damning anywhere, but especially at *THE* Catholic University of America, where this painting was purchased, unveiled, and hung up without input from student leaders.” – student at the University.
“Nobody should be portrayed as Jesus except Jesus. It highly disappoints me that someone else is being depicted as Jesus Christ in the Pietà, to begin with, [and] being right at the doors of a chapel makes matters worse. … Replace it with a photo of Floyd, I can care less, but to put up something clearly blasphemous defeats the mission of the University.” – student at the University
It appears many students are upset about the paintings depicting Floyd as Jesus. Despite the artist claiming the images are of Jesus and Floyd, the University continues to deny or do anything about the pictures.