Jul 21, 2016 9:59 PM

Rochester painting inspired by Black Lives Matter brings both praise and insults

ROCHESTER- A New Hampshire artist's statement on a Rochester bridge has drawn both praise and ire from people over her Black Lives Matter painting.

Beth Wittenberg's American Flag-based "protest art" on a bridge abutment on the Spaulding Turnpike has brought the attention of many, including local police, according to Foster's Daily Democrat.

Wittentberg also told the newspaper, “I’m an artist, it’s my responsibility to humanity to speak out against injustices,” said Wittenberg, a white 50-year-old Rochester resident. “I just wanted to make a big statement to make people think… In America it’s kind of backwards that black people cannot achieve the American Dream simply because they are not treated equally.”

On her Facebook page, she posted, "This particular piece is about the essence of damage we have done to our brothers and sisters who have a darker skin color."

Rochester police Capt. Gary Boudreau told the newspaper that the police consider the paint job an act of criminal mischief.

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