Library shows painting of black slave having sex with white man

Library illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

People are angry after a public library in New Jersey, decided to show a painting, which depicts a black female slave performing oral sex on a white man, according to press reports in New Jersey.

Officials at the Newark Public Library, have decided to uncover the drawing despite the fact that some staff members considered it offensive.

The drawing was created by the famous African American visual artist Kara Walker, and represents the horrors of the reconstruction and during the Jim Crow era in the 20th century.

The drawing shows images of burning crosses and hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan, among other horrible scenes. The image that led library officials to cover the painting showed a white man holding a black woman's head toward his crotch for oral sex.

The drawing was originally hung over in the living reference library on the second floor. Officials reluctantly covered it the next day, because some workers said that it was inappropriate and insensitive.

The officers and employees of the library have since met to discuss the drawing and they decided it could be uncovered.

The library invited Walker to talk about her work, artistic freedom and the role of black artists in society.



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