Rip Floyd -- Erased "FU"
448 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN, USA
The exterior of an O'Reilly Auto Parts store. "Fuck 12 Fuck" was written on the building and painted over with a tan color paint that does not match the exterior wall color. The paint was applied thinly, so the graffiti is still visible. A few feet away "RIP Floyd" is written on the building. This had not been buffed at the time of the photograph.
It is not possible to know if this indicates that some messages (expressing negative attitudes were buffed) were silenced while others (expressing respect for George Floyd) were left intact, or if the Floyd tribute was painted later.
Urban Art Mapping Research Project
George Perry Floyd (October 14, 1973 - May 25, 2020) was a 46-year-old Black American man who was murdered by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Floyd’s murder sparked an international movement for Black Lives Matter, the largest civil rights movement of the century. On March 12, 2021, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Floyd's family. On June 25, 2021, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for his crimes.