Derek Mason Mural To Be Changed After Complaints

Derek Mason Mural To Be Changed After Complaints

CREATED Apr 2, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - After complaints from the Vanderbilt University chapter of the NAACP, a mural of football coach Derek Mason will be retouched.

Vanderbilt chapter president Akailah Jenkins said members started a petition because they feel the portrait is "reminiscent of the minstrelsy era in which black people's skin was darkened and their lips were made whiter in order to exaggerate their race."

Muralist Michael Cooper said he was working off of a very dark photograph. He said he painted what was in the photo, but he has since seen other photographs of Mason.

He told the paper, "I would sign the petition based just on that difference."

Vanderbilt fans Fant Smith and Craig Savage commissioned the $2,500 mural. They confirmed that Cooper will make alterations to the work.

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