Those in the Black Lives Matter movement who claim the movement is “anti-police brutality,” not “anti-police” are apparently unaware that actions speak louder than words. You don’t have to do much Googling to find examples of BLM protestors chanting “what do we want? Dead cops!” or “pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon!” at their rallies.
And if you think these crazies driven by identity politics aren’t in our government, you’d be wrong. Enter: the Congressional Black Caucus.
A Missouri congressman and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to rehang this week a student painting depicting a police officer with a boar-type head after an angry GOP congressman took it down.
The annual Congressional Institute art competition solicits entries from high school students each spring. Students submit works of art to their congressional offices, and teams of artists representing the district pick the winners, which are displayed in the Capitol for a year.
The controversial winner is from Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay’s (D-Mo.) district, which includes the city of St. Louis and northern areas of St. Louis County.
The painting, “Untitled #1” by Cardinal Ritter High School grad David Pulphus, had been hanging in a House walkway among other contest winners since June. On Friday, after learning about the painting’s depiction from Twitter, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) took it down.
But Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Hunter, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that despite the “very strong statement” and “outpouring of support” surrounding the painting’s removal, the congressman wouldn’t take down the painting again if his colleague decided to put it back up.
Here’s what the painting looked like:
The message is pretty clear. There’s a protestor with a “stop killing us” sign, which is commonly seen at BLM protests, while a black man is “crucified” by the American criminal justice system in the background. And the Black Congressional Caucus is getting ready to be VIOLENT in defense of this painting.
The painting was returned to its original place in the Capitol… only to disappear, again.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 10, 2017
This time it turned out to be Hunter’s colleague Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn. Politico’s Rachael Bade reports there was a threat of physical violence from Clay when Lamborn gave the painting back.
The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Cedric Richmond was even less subtle. “We may just have to kick somebody’s ass and stop them,” he told Politico.
I’m all for BLM’s right to freedom of speech. After all, when we let them speak, we learn their true motives. Sunlight is the best disinfectant for radicals like this.
If you think this painting should be taken down and banned from being displayed here for good, head on over to Stand United and sign the petition!