Didn’t anyone in this group stop and think that people might feel threatened before they decided to display effigies of lynched blacks?
An artist collective claimed responsibility on Sunday for the effigies of three lynched black people hanging on UC Berkeley’s campus, saying the cardboard cutouts were meant to confront the “systemic racism” that claimed the lives of Eric Garner and other black Americans.
In a statement posted to a campus bulletin board, the “collective of queer black and [people of color] artists” apologized “solely and profusely to black Americans who felt further attacked by this work”.
“We are sorry – your pain is ours, our families’, our history’s,” the group wrote. But they also refused to back down. “For those who think these images no longer relevant to the social framework in which black Americans exist everyday – we respectfully disagree.”