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Art sends rare W.H. message on race
Yahoo news ^ | Aug 24, 2011 | Josh Gerstein

Posted on 08/25/2011 5:00:54 PM PDT by YankeeReb

President Barack Obama has taken a decidedly low-key approach to racial issues since he became America’s first black president two years ago. But in a hallway outside the Oval Office, he has placed a head-turning painting depicting one of the ugliest racial episodes in U.S. history.

Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” installed in the White House last month, shows U.S. marshals escorting Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African-American girl, into a New Orleans elementary school in 1960 as court-ordered integration met with an angry and defiant response from the white community.

The thrust of the painting is not subtle. America’s vilest racial epithet appears in letters several inches high at the top of the canvas. To the left side, the letters “KKK” are plainly visible. The crowds, mostly women who gathered daily to taunt Bridges as she went to a largely empty school, are not shown in the picture. But the racist graffiti and a splattered tomato convey the hostile atmosphere.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americanhistory; art; blackpresident; normanrockwell; obama; racerelations; teapartyracists
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I'm not sure how to take this.
1 posted on 08/25/2011 5:01:07 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb

I thought Obama was supposed to be the post-racial president.


2 posted on 08/25/2011 5:06:01 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: YankeeReb
President Barack Obama has taken a decidedly low-key approach to racial issues since he became America’s first black president two years ago.

Hey Barry, Sgt. James Crowley says hello.

3 posted on 08/25/2011 5:06:01 PM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: YankeeReb

Sure you are. Put it into context.


4 posted on 08/25/2011 5:07:36 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: YankeeReb

Where does Yahoo come up with this crap?

“President Barack Obama has taken a decidedly low-key approach to racial issues since he became America’s first black president two years ago”.

Are they on another planet? Is yahoo on another freaking planet.

The man has turned Black Panthers loose, He just started a new agency of Diversity, He called the cops stupid for arresting a black college professor.

Is Yahoo on the same planet I am on. or are they just so stuck to Obama’s buttocks that they are blind?


5 posted on 08/25/2011 5:08:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: YankeeReb
President Barack Obama has taken a decidedly low-key approach to racial issues

Couldn't make it past that drivel..

6 posted on 08/25/2011 5:09:35 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: YankeeReb

The Obama’s are obsessed with skin color & race! They can’t seem to leave it alone.


7 posted on 08/25/2011 5:09:41 PM PDT by LADY J ( Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale))
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To: YankeeReb

It’s a statement for the One’s under siege mentality. The months up to the election will be bad.


8 posted on 08/25/2011 5:09:45 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: YankeeReb

“President Barack Obama has taken a decidedly low-key approach to racial issues since he became America’s first black president two years ago”

lol........what?


9 posted on 08/25/2011 5:09:56 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Venturer

I love that picture.

Unfortunately, the modern attitude is don’t study,
it’s “acting white”.


10 posted on 08/25/2011 5:10:12 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: YankeeReb

FUBO!

It’s ALL about race for you Peas of Sh!t!


11 posted on 08/25/2011 5:10:38 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Venturer

I dn’t care what kind of racist picture he puts in the White House, Sarah or Rick will remove it when they get there./ This is just more evidence of Obama’s racism as if we needed it.


12 posted on 08/25/2011 5:11:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: YankeeReb

Rare, my ass.


13 posted on 08/26/2011 9:08:02 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: YankeeReb

Typical [insert your hue of choice here] people.


14 posted on 08/26/2011 9:08:05 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Venturer; All

Is anyone else having trouble getting to the freep today? I can’t see anything posted after 7 pm last night.


15 posted on 08/26/2011 9:08:38 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: YankeeReb

I’m confused by the word, “rare” in the headline.


16 posted on 08/26/2011 9:09:30 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: secret garden

I had trouble and just now got here.


17 posted on 08/26/2011 9:09:43 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: secret garden

Server was down.


18 posted on 08/26/2011 9:10:53 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind
Rare, my ass.

That is, word for word, exactly what I thought when I saw the headline.

19 posted on 08/26/2011 9:11:54 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: secret garden

Glad it was freerepublic and not my computer. Came up right away today..


20 posted on 08/26/2011 9:12:05 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: YankeeReb

I just don’t know what to say


21 posted on 08/26/2011 9:12:15 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: secret garden

Freerepublic when down late last night and just came back on not to long ago. Don’t know what happened.


22 posted on 08/26/2011 9:12:18 AM PDT by calex59
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To: YankeeReb
Oh gee, the WH just happened to plant this little low-key story on race during Prince Barry's vacation.

It just happens to come out as so-called “leaders” of the “black community” have openly denigrated the tea party as racist bigots equivalent to the KKK.

Gosh, what a coincidence.

23 posted on 08/26/2011 9:12:25 AM PDT by mojito
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To: YankeeReb
He wasn't even born yet....and then he was born in Hawaii which was a whole different world.

We went to Hawaii on the late sixties...retired Americans and Jaqpanese...Totally tourist!!

24 posted on 08/26/2011 9:12:52 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: YankeeReb

This prezidoodle does everything he can to divide this country. I am concerned he may directly or indirectly (through his ineligibility) promote a race war. And then he can declare martial law.
I just mistrust this administration.


25 posted on 08/26/2011 9:12:58 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: YankeeReb

I wonder how or if Norman Rockwell would have depicted flash mobs?


26 posted on 08/26/2011 9:13:12 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: YankeeReb

Funny, no mention that the KKK was created by the DNC, and no mention that the Senators who blocked the schools from integreation were all Democrats.

Amazing that the fact that the Republicans were the one’s who instituted integration - and giving a help-up to the Black community are now the one’s who are blamed for every ill they have.


27 posted on 08/26/2011 9:13:30 AM PDT by Hodar
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To: Fresh Wind

Dress rehearsal. Next time it goes down we’ll all be getting that 2:00am knock on the door.


28 posted on 08/26/2011 9:13:32 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: YankeeReb

"The Problem We All Live With" by Norman Rockwell ... one of my favorite artists.

29 posted on 08/26/2011 9:15:14 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: YankeeReb
But in a hallway outside the Oval Office, he has placed a head-turning painting depicting one of the ugliest racial episodes in U.S. history.

I guess it's not there to remind him of how Democrats, both in politics and outside, have been front and center in the promotion and maintaining of racism in almost every form.
30 posted on 08/26/2011 9:15:28 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: sinanju

I don’t think they knock any more, do they?


31 posted on 08/26/2011 9:15:45 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Venturer
Any "moderation" is only because he's running for re-election. I hate to think what he would do in a second term.

As part of his low-key approach to racial issues, he hasn't demanded that the Washington Monument be replaced with a monument to Malcolm X, or that the Jefferson Memorial be rededicated to Sally Hemings.

32 posted on 08/26/2011 9:16:11 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: YankeeReb
WHY would this be a SURPRISE???? Damn 22 Years in Wright's house of Hate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ,which was never brought up by The Traitor Juan McCain ,then associations with,the nation of Islam this includes the Wookie and every Racist Moron Stooge in America.

We are going to have to clean that Defiled place out,After the election Maybe a firehouse would be needed as well in the living quarters.

33 posted on 08/26/2011 9:17:18 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: YankeeReb

the interview with the white house insider said they are desperate and will use white guilt to the extreme in the upcoming election.


34 posted on 08/26/2011 9:17:40 AM PDT by Paytriot (Live long and prosper)
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To: HokieMom

I had seen that painting before, but never knew that it was about one specific case of desegregation or that the child being depicted was one specific individual.


35 posted on 08/26/2011 9:19:18 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: HokieMom

I thought the portrait of him was entitled “The Problem We All Live With”


36 posted on 08/26/2011 9:20:41 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: YankeeReb

Is O’Dumbass completely unaware that it was _Democrats_ who spewed that hatred?

Oh, the irony.

Maybe he’s subconsciously longing for the “good old days”.


37 posted on 08/26/2011 9:26:14 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: YankeeReb

I was raised in California in the 1930s, and my father was recalled to the US Navy (in the winds-of-war days of April 1941) to serve on a destroyer heading for the Atlantic; he was gone from us - via the Panama canal. So my mother packed up the family and we drove to the destroyer’s home port of Norfolk, Virginia.

That’s where I was introduced, on the ferry from Newport News to Norfolk, to racially segrated drinking fountains, (and rest rooms) for whites and blacks; and shortly later, introduced to fully segrated schools, living areas, movie balconys for blacks, back of the bus for blacks, etc.

It was one hell of a disgusting shock to me. I was eight years old.


38 posted on 08/26/2011 9:27:36 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: SuzyQue

“America’s vilest racial epithet appears in letters several inches high at the top of the canvas.”

And blasting out of every rap CD known to mankind.


39 posted on 08/26/2011 9:27:59 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: YankeeReb

The KKK were the paramilitary wing of the Democrat party, with a brief to hunt down uppity republicans and blacks.

Why a Democrat President would want to remind everyone about this disgusting period in his own party’s history is beyond me.


40 posted on 08/26/2011 9:29:00 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Venturer

I dn’t care what kind of racist picture he puts in the White House, Sarah or Rick will remove it when they get there./
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Oh yes, and that will definitely ‘prove’ WE are all racists.

Everything this bunch does is calculated to undermine and ‘embarrass’ us.

In one respect, they are ‘geniuses’, plotting and pulling off all these schemes..

Of course, I must be paranoid to think this way.

See- it works.... s/s


41 posted on 08/26/2011 9:29:27 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: HokieMom
I just noticed something extremely weird about this painting. Usually the people in Rockwell's paintings look like they're caught in the midst of action, ordinary, everyday action. In this painting, though, every U.S. marshall is in exactly the same pose, as though they had been marching in formation in a fairly unnatural way, sort of like shuck and jive robots. The little girl's arm and hand placement mirrors that of the marshalls. The lack of heads reinforces the bizarreness.

The tomato is a bit weird, also, for its placement in time. If it had been thrown only milliseconds before, the juice wouldn't have had time to run down as far as it did. So, the tomato throwing was to have occurred before the group reached that spot.




42 posted on 08/26/2011 9:30:13 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: mojito

“denigrated the tea party as racist bigots equivalent to the KKK”

That’s statisically impossible as there aren’t that many Dems in the TEA party.


43 posted on 08/26/2011 9:31:14 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Paytriot

I’m hoping, not very realistically probably, that most people have gotten over their “white guilt” when they elected this guy to “buy” racial absolution.
They got ripped off, obviously.


44 posted on 08/26/2011 9:32:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: ruesrose

No...his just has a little plaque at the bottom that says “Dorian Gray”.


45 posted on 08/26/2011 9:33:49 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: xrmusn

I no longer care about the word racist, or the accusation or the tone.

America has seen real racism at it’s worst with this adminstration.

I think most of us have a bellyfull of these accusations from the real racists.


46 posted on 08/26/2011 9:34:22 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: YankeeReb
Here's a problem we don't have to live with any more:


47 posted on 08/26/2011 9:38:38 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: YankeeReb
“The ProblemS We All Live With"

Obama, Holder, Jarrett, Black flash mobs beating whitey, the Knock out games

48 posted on 08/26/2011 10:00:34 AM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: LADY J

The problem is the Obamas are trapped by and controlled by the past. They have no vision of the future.


49 posted on 08/26/2011 10:03:57 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Menehune56

........................I thought Obama was supposed to be the post-racial president........................

Yeah, that’s why the Zero’s dined with the Duval Patricks, the Jarratts and the Vernons on Martha’s Vineyard, because he and Mooch want to surround themselves with blacks.


50 posted on 08/26/2011 10:24:31 AM PDT by Noob1999
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