A California church has depicted a bleeding Trayvon Martin in its Nativity scene.
A California church decided to turn the traditional Nativity scene into a piece of social commentary with a depiction of a bleeding Trayvon Martin.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin is reporting that Claremont United Methodist Church, located about 30 miles outside of Los Angeles, built a Nativity scene depicting Martin in a black hoodie with a stream of blood pouring from his chest.
Artist John Zachary built the scene, which he told the the Daily Bulletin was a piece of art that comments on our times. Zachary told the paper that the July acquittal of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old in February 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment.
The scene is titled "A Child is Born, a Son is Given," with the wording outlined in red, formed from a pool of blood at Martin's feet.
Zachary said one of the photos of Martin lying dead on the pavement tore at him while he was searching for images for inspiration.
“What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,” Zachary told the Daily Bulletin.
This isn't the first year the church has displayed a scene that "comments on our times." The church has been making nontraditional Nativity scenes for seven years.
The first year, Zachary made Mary and Joseph a modern homeless couple on a ghetto street. Other scenes turned Mary and Joseph into war refugees in Iraq and Mexican migrants halted by the U.S. border wall.
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