Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Why No Black Voices?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Why No Black Voices?

Article excerpt

In response to "Arts Festival Artist Withdraws Tamir Rice Painting After Controversy" (May 26): The article is biased and erases the voices of black artists and activists who have spoken out against the painting.

The PG centered the voice of Tom Megalis, the artist, who wielded a great deal of pain upon the Pittsburgh black community by choosing to bring his painting here. This community includes black mothers who are impacted by police violence and women who have met with Tamir Rice's family.

The PG reduced the issue at hand to saying that Mr. Megalis was accused of "cultural appropriation." One questions whether death and violence at the hands of police is a part of black culture. To me, this seems like it is a reflection of the white supremacist culture of the United States, which is taking the lives of black folks. …

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