Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Leave the Stephen Foster Statue Where It Is

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Leave the Stephen Foster Statue Where It Is

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I was disappointed to learn of the Pittsburgh Art Commission's recommendation to move the Stephen Foster statue in Oakland to a "properly contextualized" location. The commission has "purview over art that is owned by the city and for things that are in the public realm" ("Art Board Recommends Moving Foster Statue," Oct. 26).

I was surprised to read that the statue "highlights white supremacy" and therefore would be more suitable for display "in an African-American museum where the new generation can learn from it." That just doesn't seem logical.

Nor do I understand why "[c]ritics say the statue glorifies white appropriation of black culture" which seemed OK for Elvis Presley, but apparently not for Stephen Foster.

The main objection to the statue is the black banjo player sitting on the base who is supposedly "vacantly smiling . …

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