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Newark Library covers up
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Censorship or common decency?
Newark Library covers up
controversial artwork

Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Barry Carter

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Posted By:Ribicon, 12/3/2012 1:28:54 AM

Editor´s note: The artwork, which can be seen lower in this story, may be offensive to some readers. The talk at the Newark Library these days has nothing to do with an anticipated book collection, the next visit by schoolchildren or a lecture on Brick City history. It’s all about a huge drawing hanging in the second-floor reference room, raising so much ruckus that the head librarian has had to cover it up — so no one can see what it shows. It’s covered with cloth and that’s the way many employees want to keep it. Kara Walker, a renowned African-American

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White slave owners and the Klan have all but destroyed what´s left of Newark, NJ, and lest any child forget whom to blame, some unknown person displayed "edgy" pornography in the public library.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 12/3/2012 1:36:05 AM     (No. 9045238)

What´s to get upset about? You can see the same thing happening on any Newark street corner right now.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pixelero, 12/3/2012 2:30:01 AM     (No. 9045257)

Agit-prop. Cartoonish, ham-handedly political, and gratuitous. But if the standards of the community support it, who´s to censor it?

In short, a crappy drawing that would never have been displayed if it weren´t for the fact that it graphically represents America´s Original Sin.

It´s sometimes laughable how political correctness leads to these conundrums.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/3/2012 2:58:52 AM     (No. 9045263)

This would be hate speech were the races depicted been reversed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/3/2012 3:01:11 AM     (No. 9045265)

Always testing the limits.

Perhaps the Wookie can hang it in their private quarters.

I am so tired of the distorted slave story.
Are they ever going to move ´forward´ ?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/3/2012 3:43:49 AM     (No. 9045284)

Could easily be BJ Clinton.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 12/3/2012 6:48:41 AM     (No. 9045372)

The library thought they would demonstrate community support and be edgy at the same time. The ignorant staff thinks if it is from a Black artist, well who are we to question it. Where did the funding come from? The city school budget? I thought Newark was the home of the new Caliphate recuiting center.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: doodah, 12/3/2012 6:58:58 AM     (No. 9045391)

This work is to cause bitterness and sow hate. Should we display pictures of the white couple raped and murdered by a gang of blacks several years ago (that no newspaper other than a local one would cover)? Give me a break.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bevan, 12/3/2012 8:05:51 AM     (No. 9045469)

Public libraries allow children to view pornography but cover this....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rama41, 12/3/2012 8:42:13 AM     (No. 9045538)

When I first read the lead-in, I thought the art they were going to cover up was the American Flag. Then I saw it was a Newark library, not a New York library.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/3/2012 8:50:40 AM     (No. 9045559)

Exactly #8. And as far as I am concerned, until blacks start voting for issues and content, not color of skin only and freebies, they are still on ´the white plantation´ run by the libs.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/3/2012 9:30:06 AM     (No. 9045657)

Interesting subject, the exploitation and torture of slaves by Democrats, but the idea fails because the ´artist´ is incompetent on just about every level. From the framing of the subject, selection of key images to every square inch of the composition and paint, the artwork screams out the fact that it is an amateur effort. A five year old might get a sound out of a trumpet, but that doesn´t mean he can play a tune. Having a minimum standard for competence by the creator really isn´t censorship, it is merciful to the audience and ultimately a service to idiots who think they can pose as ´artists´ when they haven´t bothered to hone any skill whatsoever. Kara Walker is ´renowned,´ but who is kidding who here? Without the shock ´value,´ her work is pathetic.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: birddog, 12/3/2012 11:23:53 AM     (No. 9045931)

How much did this "Art" cost? Who paid it? Who authorized the expenditure? What does this have to do with Reading? No wonder Libraries are going Broke...

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