Monday, December 15, 2003

King Statue, a Unity Symbol, Severely Tests the Dream

New York Times


"The moment the statue went up, people started grumbling, especially residents in the mostly black neighborhood where it was placed. For some, the statue's pose seemed 'arrogant' and the face did not look like Dr. King's. And worse, some said, the sculptor who made it is white.

'We need an artist who can relate,' said Kimberle Evans, one of the residents who is pushing for a new statue by a black artist."

They're right that the statute doesn't look much like Dr. King. But why isn't that the end of it? The artist sucks. Get a better artist. The bigotry underlying these critiques is disgusting.

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