March 27, 2017

Leftists want white artist’s painting of Emmett Till destroyed

Claire LehmannAustralian Contributor

Last week, a group of artists led by the UK painter Hannah Black demanded that a museum curator remove and destroy a painting from the Whitney Biennial.

The painting, “Open Casket,” depicts the bludgeoned head of a black teenager named Emmett Till, who was lynched by two white men in Mississippi in 1955.

The painting is by white artist Dana Schultz, who said that she had been moved by police brutality against black people to create the picture. For her efforts, black artists demanded that her painting be destroyed.

Their Open Letter said in part:

“The painting should not be acceptable to anyone who cares or pretends to care about Black people because it is not acceptable for a white person to transmute Black suffering into profit and fun.

“The subject matter is not Schutz’s; white free speech and white creative freedom have been founded on the constraint of others, and are not natural rights. The painting must go.”

It is signed by black artists who want the museum curator to destroy this painting.

Totalitarians do two things:

They confiscate history, and they confiscate culture.

In 1821 Heinrich Heine, the German poet said, “Where books are burned, in the end people will be burned”.

And in case you think this is a just the actions of a few nut-cases, this call for a painting to be destroyed was also supported by some in the mainstream media, in the name of “respect.”

This brings me to another controversy, one that recently occurred in Australia.

Bill Leak, one of Australia’s greatest cartoonists recently died at the age of 61. Sadly, Leak’s last days were lived under severe stress, as the Australian Human Rights Commission brought legal action against him for a cartoon.

I'll give you other recent examples of this phenomenon, of secular morality of concern social justice turning into a fundamentalist religion.

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commented 2017-03-28 05:44:33 -0400
Remove the word “minority” from the dictionary and we might have a chance of saving our culture , our society and our country.
commented 2017-03-28 02:45:46 -0400
I wonder if the painting had been done by a black person, would the reaction still be the same? Would there have been any reaction at all? I think the reaction would have been if it was painted by a black and the gallery/museum removed it and refused to display it. It’s like a TV program, if you don’t like it, just turn to another channel. I have seen lot’s of art I hate, but I support it being displayed because of our freedoms and that includes the right to display art.
commented 2017-03-28 02:31:59 -0400
It’s all just a misunderstanding. It’s the WHITNEY Biennial not the WHITEY Biennieal.
commented 2017-03-27 23:01:38 -0400
Oh there should be a burning alright – that group of artists led by the UK painter Hannah Black should be burnt…in effigy – only because I don’t think putting them in public stocks could be got away with…in public.
commented 2017-03-27 22:59:53 -0400
When they start to worry more about “who” supports their cause, rather than the cause itself, they’ve lost their way! How foolish. If Whites are in charge in Australia, wouldn’t you “need” their compassion and support to move the needle? Like I said, they’ve lost their way and have become their own worst enemies.
commented 2017-03-27 22:54:49 -0400
Does anybody else remember buying nigger babies on a warm, summer, Canadian eve in July at the corner store or beach? If you are outraged by my question, i’ll take that as a no. Leather up, fruit cakes.
commented 2017-03-27 18:42:13 -0400
“The painting is by white artist Dana Schultz, who said that she had been moved by police brutality against black people to create the picture. For her efforts, black artists demanded that her painting be destroyed.”

So a left wing artist creates a painting to memorialize a brutal murder of a black by whites. The picture is exhibited in a left wing art museum which also feels this racial violence by white on black should be memorialized. Generally, a statement about racial violence. However, the left wing black artists say that the left wing white artists may not make a statement about the brutality of white on black violence that existed in the deep south of the 1940’s and 1950’s because it is racist. Is that the summary of this situation?
commented 2017-03-27 18:39:24 -0400
Closer to home, a relatively few BLM agitators have infiltrated the Toronto Pride Organization and managed to have the Toronto Police removed from this years festivities. This despite the fact that public funds assist the organization and the events still require significant police presence for security and public safety.
Another case of a minority getting it’s way by declaring themselves persecuted.
Feminists , BLM , Muslims , African Americans , Latinos . all minorities with massive power over what is the true majority.
commented 2017-03-27 18:39:12 -0400
I smell Islam here, destroying Art is a popular Muslim hobby.
commented 2017-03-27 17:38:34 -0400
Has the painting been removed by Facebook? I have one of those little sad faces where the painting should be.
commented 2017-03-27 17:20:46 -0400
Maurice P., "The comparison to ISIS and Nazi Germany is very apropos. "
I agree and use it now, ever since the left started using the term on us. What is ISIS but an escalated version of Islam. Just a different level. Same ‘theocratic supremacist’ cult’.
commented 2017-03-27 17:01:04 -0400
In fact, shoot the fascist blacks and their non-black supporters to make the world a saner more moral and intellectually civilized planet.
commented 2017-03-27 16:59:16 -0400
If these plaintive blacks are ever shot unjustly dead…..please make sure not to paint pictures to illustrate in art the tragedy. Let the fascist black die in oblivion. Along with their non-black sympathizers.
commented 2017-03-27 16:54:21 -0400
commented 2017-03-27 16:46:57 -0400
I demand to stop paying taxes to pay for all these welfare frauds!
commented 2017-03-27 16:43:01 -0400
Peter – this is their jihad against all white people. It’s the same M.O. that is used by Islam to target all infidels. It’s two sides of the same coin, with the same goal. Watch as more and more white people are assaulted and murdered by the brainwashed lunatics.
commented 2017-03-27 16:42:28 -0400
I demand all white people be edited out of Spike Lee movies.
commented 2017-03-27 16:41:23 -0400
FACT for the SJW’s , white people are nowhere near the worst for racism on this planet , so spare us the BS!
And i demand BLM be destroyed for their negative portrayals of police and their chants are founded on the constraints of others.
And sorry but free speech is not subjective , nor was it founded on the constraints of others. So get bent.
commented 2017-03-27 16:37:41 -0400
Maurice i would share your response, so tired of being crapped on.
Peter they sure love white money and developments and white founded societies.
commented 2017-03-27 16:35:02 -0400
Deborah asked, “When will they stop their whining and blaming anyone white?”

Makes you wonder if they think that if white people had never existed then the world be in perfect harmony all standing around the campfire holding hands and singing “Kumbaya”.
commented 2017-03-27 16:34:03 -0400
As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one appropriate response to that request: "Go F*#k Yourself!" The comparison to ISIS and Nazi Germany is very apropos. Of course, JT, our “Idiot In Chief”, would be totally on side with the destroyer crowd.

Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 33,026 Attacks, 212,370 Killed, 293,896 Injured that we know of.
commented 2017-03-27 16:21:51 -0400
Because of BLM I have lost all respect for black causes of every strip. In the U.S. blacks make up 17% of the population yet are responsible for 87% of murders . Between 2006 and 2016 , approx. 325,000 blacks were murdered by blacks.
Actually Chris Rock talked about the difference between blacks – funny as hell and every bit true.
You can Youtube it.
commented 2017-03-27 16:20:50 -0400
Today’s Left (Antifa/Trudeau/Soros/Hillary/SJWs) are the same as yesterdays Nazis and equivalent to current-day ISIS.
commented 2017-03-27 16:16:34 -0400
Claire Lehmann, excellent report. How did the museum respond to the demands of removing the art and destroying it? I am interested to know if the Administrators refused to give into Fascism.
commented 2017-03-27 16:16:06 -0400
Jill & John – I agree! Didn’t junior have the internet wiped of everything Harper?
commented 2017-03-27 16:15:06 -0400
They are trying to wipe out the white race! They are the real racists. When will they stop their whining and blaming anyone white? They need to grow the hell up and start acting like adults. If that’s possible!
commented 2017-03-27 16:13:12 -0400
totalitarian description describes Justin Trudeau!!