SANANTONIO - Controversy over what some say is a proposed racist mural may not be much of a controversy at all.
The City of San Antonio has put out a bid to recreate the mural on the historic Mission Drive-In marquee.
It s a part of a larger $1.4 million city project to turn the old drive-in into an outdoor plaza.
The original mural off of Roosevelt Street painted in 1948 depicts Mission San Jose, a man wearing a sombrero with a burro, and another man asleep next to the Mission.
On Monday a group of local artists and community activists held a protest in the front of the south-side drive-in.
This will reinforce the stereotypes that we have fought really hard against, said artist David Blancas.
The city ought to be ashamed of themselves, ashamed of themselves of the way they are portraying Hispanic people, added TC Calvert with the Neighborhood First Alliance.
However, Jimmy LeFlore, director of Public Art San Antonio, said this is all a misunderstanding.
LeFlore said because the project is a historic preservation, the city must recreate the mural as best as it can to its original form, but he stressed no final decisions on the content of the mural has been made.
The director of Public Art San Antonio said he highly doubts the images of the two Hispanic men on the 1948 mural will be included.