October 7, 2009, - 6:29 pm
So, Barack and Michelle Hussein Obama have chosen “art” to decorate the White House. Seven out of 47 artists they chose are Black, but that’s not the issue. It’s that their choices range from the stupid to the downright divisive. That includes the choice, “Black Like Me No. 2,” which focuses on segregation and racism.
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They include pieces by seven black artists, including one by Glenn Ligon, a conceptual artist who explores issues of politics and race in works made of text, photos and neon.
A vertical piece selected by the Obamas was “Black like me N°2,” a riff on a 1961 book by white journalist John Howard Griffin who darkened his skin and then wrote about his experience as a “black” man in the racially segregated US south.
“Harlem Renaissance” painter William Johnson is favored with four pieces, while Alma Thomas, a top African-American woman artist, is represented on the abstract painting front.
When will the ethnocentric Obamas realize that they are the President and First Lady of ALL of America, not just Black America? They are the most powerful, fortunate-beyond-their-wildest-dreams couple in the Western world, and yet, they are still bitter! They can’t move on, because doing so would mean they couldn’t harp on racism for 4-8 years while pushing this socialist government program and that one.
Featuring paintings that allude to the segregated South of yesteryear are a slap in the face to the South, especially when the man sitting in the White House is Black. That would seem to indicate that segregation–other than the self-imposed kind–is over and that there’s very little racism other than the much accepted reverse kind. Yet, the Obamas perpetually seem to want to put salt in what we thought were healed wounds and express bitterness on the walls of the White House. When will the Obamas realize that White people elected Barack Obama? Without them, all of the votes from Harlem and the “segregated” Southern Black neighborhoods depicted in his chosen art wouldn’t have made a difference, and we’d have a babymama residing in the Vice Presidential mansion right now.
With the way they are going, pretty soon they will change the name of the house and paint it the proper Black color, because the current scheme is “racist”. . . if the First Ms. Thang has her way. It’s the next logical step after choosing “Hey, America is racist” art for its walls.
The only piece of art missing? A jewel-encrusted, baroque-style chip to hang from the shoulder of the White House residence.
Maybe I can design one.
I guess we should be happy the Obamas didn’t choose to display a “Muslim Hijacker Like Me No. 19″ painting.
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