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Choice of Chinese artist sparks row over King statue
Ed Pilkington in New York
Monday July 23, 2007
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
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Martin Luther King Jr acknowledges the crowd after his I have a dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, in August 1963. Photograph: Francis Miller/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
The plan to erect a giant memorial statue of Martin Luther King on the National Mall in Washington has become embroiled in controversy after it was decided to appoint a Chinese artist as the lead sculptor. Lei Yixin was spotted by a team from the King Memorial Foundation when he was taking part in a discussion on stone carving in Saint Paul, Minnesota, which is twinned with his home town of Changsha.
The foundation was looking for a sculptor capable of working with a huge block of granite that would become the centrepiece of the planned memorial: a nine-metre (30ft) statue of King called the Stone of Hope. But Mr Lei's promotion last month to the role of head artist, or "sculptor of record" has drawn heavy criticism. He replaced Ed Dwight, an African-American artist who had been in charge until he complained about Mr Lei's amendments to the design.
Mr Dwight says he has been told that Mr Lei had been promoted in the hope of attracting $25m (£12m) towards the costs of the project from the Chinese government - a claim the foundation denies.
Spearheading the protesters is a black artist from King's home town of Atlanta, Gilbert Young, who has set up a website, kingisours.com. Mr Young says it is "crazy" that the foundation could not find an African- American sculptor good enough to create a likeness of the civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968.
Is Lei the best artist? If so, nuf said..
This sounds exactly like the racist arguments used against awarding the design of the Vietnam Memorial to an American of Asian descent (Maya Lin). If this guy is the best sculptor, that’s all that matters.
Just a bit ironic that these people are more worried about the color of the skin instead of the content of the character (or sculpting ability).
If we changed the words around, how would it sound? For instance:
“Mr Young says it is “crazy” that the foundation could not find WHITE sculptor good enough to create a likeness of the civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968.”
Does that sound racist? Darned straight it does.
Are we outsourcing multiculturalism now?
If they had chosen a black sculptor, would he have been black enough?
“Are we outsourcing multiculturalism now?”
No, we now claim that only black people can be multicultural.
Next, we’ll discuss why “diversity” never means that we’re short a few white guys.
My thought exactly. So much for the content of their character.
Well, it’s clear who the racists are here!! It’s “the color of their skin” that counts, and only that.
If the “black community” is not happy with the selection of lead artist — then they should take over the task COMPLETELY - including the total cost of building this monument to a fraud.