Pants-of-dog wrote:You are right. It is not.
But that is irrelevant. The painting in question is not that big a deal.
Actually, it's a very
This is why you guys need a NMoR, to house all these works of art that no one even heard about until people decided they did not want to see racism on a daily basis.
People don't have a right to not be offended.
Yes, the very idea of slavery is offensive. The fact that such a period could exist in our history is disturbing. But it did
exist, and pretending that it didn't by hiding things away because someone "decided they did not want to see racism" is stupid.
I live in St. Augustine, Florida. There's a Confederate monument in our "town square", known as the Plaza de la Constitucion. Not long ago, there was pressure to remove it. It was erected in the 1870's and honored the 44 local soldiers who served the Confederacy and died in the war.
Instead of removing it, the City Managers elected to contextualize the monument. There's been a plaque erected on the site which puts the monument into its proper context, which is to state that, when erected, the prevailing feeling was that service to the Confederacy was an honorable thing. It also states that, now, we know that the Confederacy stood for many things which, let's face it, were absolutely reprehensible.
The decision was made, in no small part, because of the understanding that it makes no sense to attempt to assign the morals and values we have today to people who lived 150 years ago.
The point is that, by erecting that plaque, people can see an evolution from what once existed to what exists now. Removing the statue wouldn't have done that...
Personally, I think it is awesome to portray Washington and others as the genocidal people they were.
Well, congratulations. Because, by removing the painting or painting over it, you ensure that such a portrayal won't happen.
And that's the short-sightedness of liberals...
Courage is knowing that something will hurt and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same thing. That's why life is hard...