Artwork at Iowa, Intended as Anti-Racism, Viewed as Racist

December 8, 2014

A visiting fellow at the University of Iowa placed a sculpture that he views as a critique of racism on the campus last week, but removed it when the university noted that he didn't have permission and many students said that they found the work offensive, The Des Moines Register reported. The sculpture is of a Ku Klux Klan member, but rather than wearing white robes, the clothing is made of newspaper articles about racist atrocities committed by the Klan. The artist said he wanted to show solidarity with those protesting the killings of unarmed black men by police officers, but the Klan image was seen by many on campus as offensive.

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