Disrespecting the American flag and denouncing the United States as a racist nation are common traits among liberals and a University of Miami professor bagged herself a two-fer with a recent art display.
Billie Grace Lynn, an associate professor of sculpture at the university, used Old Glory to give shape to three KKK hoods, with the eye holes burnt out. She calls the offensive art the “American Mask.”
“[A] work suggesting that bigotry and racism are hiding behind our American flag,” a caption stated on her website.
The display plays off Democratic talking points that gestures of patriotism often seen from President Donald Trump are but a mask for his alleged hidden prejudices.
Pushing home the narrative, Lynn has the masks sitting on poles with bases shaped like Nazi swastikas.
In face of public scrutiny, the associate professor passed the derisive artwork off as more of a “question.”
“It’s a deliberately provocative piece,” she explained to CNN. “It’s a proposal. I’m asking a question. “There’s no way to walk up to someone on the street and say, ‘Do you think people are concealing their bigotry and racism behind the flag, behind being patriotic?'”
“That’s the question and that’s what I find so disturbing.”
The artwork is part of the University of Miami’s annual faculty art show, but a black employee who works in the building where the gallery is on display took offense to it.
“This is disgusting. This is disrespectful,” Patrick Young told WSVN. “I can’t see it being a positive message any way you put it.”
For now, the private school stands behind the controversial display.
“The University of Miami supports artistic expression and freedom of speech,” the university told CNN in a statement. “The art exhibit by University of Miami associate professor Billie G. Lynn, American Mask, was not reviewed or approved in advance by University of Miami officials, nor would it be subject to such review: It is an art exhibit by a member of our faculty, and her art is of her making.”
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