The mural depicted a decapitated and wooden-sword-stabbed bird of prey, on information and belief, and according to neighbors of Puerto Rican and other backgrounds, in the Caribbean culture, this constituted a curse and a death threat, as a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African Americans, respectively.
She said that she suddenly got a blood clot in her foot and that a close friend began “acting crazy” right after the mural went up.
“I really felt that people needed to understand who they were giving power to as the next most powerful person behind the mayor of New York City,” Goodwin told the New York Post, making it clear that the timing of the lawsuit was because Mark-Viverito is a frontrunner to be the next city council speaker.
“It’s sad but expected that Melissa’s opponents are resorting to these kinds of tactics,” Koch said.
Both the New York Post and the Daily News owe not only Melissa Mark Viverito, but the whole Puerto Rican and Caribbean population of this city an apology for this disgusting stereotyping and partisan political reporting.