I thought Atlanta was the city too busy to hate?

I guess I’m wrong.

The display, a collection of 33 U.S. flags, includes two sentences with no punctuation: “Politically its OK to hate the white man” and, “Is it OK for me to hate if Ive been a victim”

The piece was approved by the curator of the gallery in a building that functions as a satellite campus of Atlanta City Hall. The annual Pin-Up Show, which opened Friday, provides emerging artists with a venue to display their works, said Myra Reeves, spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Is this part of Mayor Franklin’s ‘Brand Atlanta’ campaign?

28 comments

  1. Rpolitic says:

    What would you expecct from the mayor who so happily did her viscious radio add about white republicans?

    She can’t hide behind the flower anymore. And if anyone owes an apology this year it is the mayor of Atlanta

  2. Decaturguy says:

    From the artist:

    “What I’m trying to say is that right now, the only politically correct form of prejudice is that anyone can say anything about a white person,” Alvillar said. “I think that’s wrong, but it happens to be a reality and that is the idea of the first sentence. The second sentence is made to make you think about where you stand if you have been a victim.”

    So isn’t what the artist is really trying to say is that it is just as wrong for blacks to be racist against whites as it is for whites to be racist against blacks? Do you disagree with that Buzz? Or do you just want to shut down freedom of expression and not even have the conversation?

  3. buzzbrockway says:

    He may have been trying to say that, but it’s not what he did say. Unless he wants to stand next to it and explain what he’s trying to say, it will be interpreted as condoning hatred.

    It reminds me of a lady I encountered in the Gwinnett GOP who would routinely say insulting things and when confronted, she and her friends would all say “but that’s not what she meant, so get over it.” Sorry, that’s not how it works.

  4. Decaturguy says:

    Don’t people on this very blog say all the time something to the effect of “Politically it is OK to hate Christian conservatives?” It is ART Buzz, if it wasn’t meant to be interpreted than it would not be art.

  5. Doug Deal says:

    What passes for art is not really art. Art is something that used to require skill, technique, talent and inspiration. These days people call something art simply because it is offensive, shocking or because their friends tell it is.

    Of course this is not art. It is simply a racist getting his rocks off. Don’t degrade true artists, by elevating this hack to their level.

  6. buzzbrockway says:

    I understand it’s art, but if it can be so easily misinterpreted to be the opposite of the artist’s intent then it’s not very good art. Nevertheless people have a right to make bad art.

    Given it’s being displayed on public property at public expense and the fact this piece can be so easily misunderstood, I say it was a mistake for the City to display it.

    Go hang it in a gallery where the hoi polloi can’t see it and the hoity-toity can ponder it’s deeper meaning.

  7. Nicki says:

    You guys are really getting your knickers in a twist, and for what? Some artist’s take on things. And?

    The point of art is to achieve certain aesthetic goals and to provoke thought. Seems the artist has definitely achieved at least one of these goals — good for him.

    It seems to me that we should be considering the meaning of the art and not simply demanding that it be shut down lest we be forced to think about its potentially not meaning what we’d like it to. But hey, that’s just me.

  8. buzzbrockway says:

    Sorry Nicki my undergarments are off limits. πŸ™‚

    Look, I never said let’s shut the whole thing down, I just think the City shouldn’t have this displayed this particular piece.

  9. jkga says:

    I think the only art displayed on public property should be paintings of sad clowns, or of dogs playing poker. πŸ™‚

  10. Common Sense says:

    Buzz and Bill, do either of you live in the city proper? If not why is it any of your bussiness how the city spends funds it has dedicated to an art show? Isn’t that the point of local control and community standards?

  11. jsm says:

    Since these pieces are from invited artists and were approved by the curator, some artists already have been left out of the process by not being invited. I, for one, think there must be many much better pieces out there that could have been displayed rather than this one.

    I believe in freedom of speech, but I also think that a municipality’s invitational display could be more conducive to the good of the general public. This so-called art could engender and/or aggravate anger and bitterness in those who view it. Is this the purpose of the Atlanta City Hall East art display? I hope not.

  12. Icarus says:

    Commonsense,

    The mayor of the city of Atlanta, like many of the mayors before her – black and white, works hard to reach out to individuals and governments outside the city’s boundaries. She understands that “Atlanta” is also a brand for the entire region, and a lot of us are Atlantans, whether we live in the city or not.

    The current mayor has been the beneficiary of help from folks outside the city recently, such as the recent agreement on funding sewer upgrades.

    It’s curious to me now, as her administration comes to a close, why she seems to be finding ways to inflame racial tensions, rather than trying to bring people together.

    Ads about Bull Conner and “art” that promotes “it’s O.K. for me to hate” don’t bring a community together, whether members of the comunity are within city limits or not.

  13. Decaturguy says:

    And do y’all still think that the AJC is some liberal rag considering that published this non-story piece just to fire up people like Buzz against the City of Atlanta?

  14. rugby_fan says:

    It’s curious to me now, as her administration comes to a close, why she seems to be finding ways to inflame racial tensions, rather than trying to bring people together.

    Do you honestly believe she was involved with this piece? And I don’t believe she thought about her John Eaves ad when she made it.

  15. Bill Simon says:

    Commonsense,

    Believe it or not, I do, on occasion, venture into the city limits of Atlanta and BUY some things.

    So, as a taxpaying citizen, I DO, believe it or not, have a right to my opinion on this matter.

    Perhaps you should consider renaming yourself “Nonsense” instead…it’d be more descriptive.

  16. whitemalevoters says:

    Ok, now that we have let you all discuss this for a while, allow us to give you the bottom line. We feel, as white male voters, that we have a vested intrest in Mayor Shirley Franklin’s conduct toward us.

    Shirley Franklin has a long proud history of supporting the white male voter. Like most other liberal democrats, she helps the white male voter by keeping minority voters beholden to the government. She convinces them that the government, not hard work or education, is the key to their success–thank God they believe her. Without liberal intellects like Shirley Franklin, minority voters might actually realize that they have the power to rise above their situations and become a true force in the American workplace.

    So Shirley, keep doing what your doing. Keep those minority voters pissed off at us white male voters, and keep telling them that only the all-powerful government can help them. Remember, if you get them to belive it, they’ll keep voting you in. After all, that’s how most liberals keep getting elected, they appeal to minorities with this “you deserve a handout” mentality to get elected and they blame Republicans when the handouts do little to affect the situation.

    Mayor Franklin, as white male voters we applaud your efforts to increase your own power (and ours) by keeping those you claim to represent beholden to government. Thank you.

  17. Bill Simon says:

    Whitemalevoters’ post above is an excellent piece of “artistic satire.” Maybe someone should forward it to Shirley’s art folks to see if it can be included in the new display…?

  18. blackmalevoters says:

    Black male voters believe that white male voters are full of crap.

    How dare white male voters suggest that it is not the government’s responsibility to take care black male voters’ ten kids by nine different women?

    Without this vital government assistance, black male voters would not be able to purchase crucial items such as rims and gold, platinum, & diamond grillz.

    Black male voters are furious at white male voters for implying that black male voters should become less dependent on the government and more dependent on ourselves. Black male voters believe that it is our God-given right to leech off of the government.

    Black male voters support Shirley Franklin and her efforts to preserve the lifestyle that black male voters have become accustomed to.

  19. jkga says:

    It didn’t come until the 24th post, but buzzbrockway’s point has finally been confirmed: Atlantans aren’t too busy to hate.

  20. whitemalevoters says:

    Blackmalevoters,

    It seems as thought both white male voters and black male voters support the efforts of Shirley Franklin and what she has done for our respective demographics.

    I wonder if hispanic male voters, and asian male voters, and Native American male voters feel the same way about her…?

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