The image below is a fake mural that has been posted on Instagram by artist Jose Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, a Salvadoran immigrant who lives in the United States, said he put up the mural on his Facebook page to “celebrate the unity of the Hispanic community.”
He said he wanted to draw attention to the recent shooting of two Hispanic teens in the California city of San Bernardino.
Gonzalez told The Associated Press that he was inspired by a “mural from Mexico that depicts a group of people fighting against a racist police officer.”
The mural reads “This is Mexico.
This is America.”
He called the police officer who shot the teens a “hero.”
In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Gonzalez wrote that he had been told by the police that he should have shown his “respect and empathy.”
He also said he had “a small group of friends who are not white, and that I should have treated them with respect.”
“I don’t see how we can continue to ignore racism,” Gonzalez said.
The two-by-four-foot mural is about 50 feet long by 20 feet wide, according to the Instagram post.
Gonzalez’s Facebook page said he lives in California, and it is possible the mural was not his original.
Gonzalez has previously posted images that he said were of other murals, but his Instagram post is the first to have an actual image.
He also posted photos of himself posing with the mural.
“I am very proud of this mural and am very excited about what the future will bring,” Gonzalez wrote.
The AP also found a photo that Gonzalez posted of himself with the same mural.
The caption said it is a tribute to the “many immigrants who have given their lives in service of the American community.”
The artist did not respond to multiple requests for comment.