A 15-year old boy was a winner for the 2012-2013 vehicle sticker contest. But after a blogger cited that the hands in the picture were flashing gang signs — it was removed.
About 1.2 million of these vehicle stickers are sold each year in Chicago because they require all resident with vehicles to buy them.
The picture was meant to be a tribute to firefighters and cops. It looks very presentable. And the art teacher says the hands in the photo came from a book.
From the AP:
Pulgar won a $1,000 savings bond with his winning design. Mendoza said no decision has been made on whether he loses the award.
Attorney Blake Horwitz, who represents Loor and her son, demanded an apology from Weis. “Now this is a bunch of nonsense being blown way out of proportion,” Horwitz said.
Pulgar’s art teacher, Janice Gould, said the hands were copied from a handout she’d provided the boy. She said she recognizes gang symbols after decades of working with troubled inner city youth and that there are none in Pulgar’s work.
My feeling is that he most certainly should keep the $1,000 US savings bond and that Chicago needs to stop acting so politically correct.