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    Art student hangs 'whites only sign' around college.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/...4731442690837/

    So far, this is one of only 2 sites i have even SEEn this story mentioned on, the other being Breibart..

    BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A New York graduate student has admitted to hanging up several signs on the campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo reading "white only" and "black only."

    Ashley Powell, a fine arts student at the university, reportedly announced her responsibility for the signs in front of over 70 concerned students during a Black Student Union meeting Wednesday night. In a statement submitted to the university's news outlet, The Spectrum, Powell apologized for causing intense anxiety at her school, but refuses to shy away from her art.

    "I apologize for the extreme trauma, fear, and actual hurt and pain these signs brought about," Powell, a 25-year-old African American student, wrote. "I apologize if you were hurt, but I do not apologize for what I did. Once again, this is my art practice. My work directly involves black trauma and non-white suffering. I do not believe that there can be social healing without first coming to terms with and expressing our own pain, rage, and trauma."

    Powell reportedly posted 17 racially-charged signs within public spaces at the university including hallways, water fountains, benches and bathrooms. "The prompt for this project was to create an installation within 5 minutes walking distance from the CFA, which addresses 'time.' We were welcomed to address time in whichever way we interpret it and however we see fit," Powell explained. "In this class, we are learning to finesse our articulation as artists, strengthen our voices, and unapologetically pursue our practice."

    Powell's project -- created for her Installation: Urban Spaces class -- is reportedly called "Our Compliance" and aims "to expose white privilege."

    "Our society still actively maintains racist structures that benefit one group of people, and oppress another," the Chicago-born artist explained. "Forty to fifty years ago, these structures were visibly apparent and physically graspable through the existence of signs that looked exactly like the signs I put up. Today these signs may no longer exist, but the system that they once reinforced still does."
    Who here thinks this would have been front page news had it been a white student who had done this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/...4731442690837/

    So far, this is one of only 2 sites i have even SEEn this story mentioned on, the other being Breibart..

    Who here thinks this would have been front page news had it been a white student who had done this?
    I don't think so.

    It's an art project...not sure why it's even this much news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    I don't think so.

    It's an art project...not sure why it's even this much news.
    So if a white artist had put up signs around campus saying "Whites only, and Blacks only" it wouldn't be much news IYO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    So if a white artist had put up signs around campus saying "Whites only, and Blacks only" it wouldn't be much news IYO?
    "A black graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo says the guerrilla art installation is an expression of her "pain" as one who experiences "non-white suffering."

    Wonder who paid for her "education"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    Who here thinks this would have been front page news had it been a white student who had done this?
    You mean like this?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...around-statue/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainmaker View Post
    Exactly. IMO if the student was white (like he was in that ole miss article), he would have gotten evicerated by the media.
    BUT cause its a black gal, she gets a pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    Exactly. IMO if the student was white (like he was in that ole miss article), he would have gotten evicerated by the media.
    BUT cause its a black gal, she gets a pass.
    Yeah...student that intends to threaten and intimidate others and pleads guilty to it in court....that's the same

    SMH
    Last edited by Bos Mutus; 09-24-2015 at 01:21 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    So if a white artist had put up signs around campus saying "Whites only, and Blacks only" it wouldn't be much news IYO?

    Intention matters....does the white student have an academic point?...is it a prank?....or do they want to intimidate other students? Did they plead guilty to doing so?


    if a white student make a racially provocative school project....then no, it wouldn't be much news...can you point to one or do you think no white student has ever done something like that?
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    Here is something more similar.

    remember when this guy was eviscerated all over the front page of the news?

    http://kxan.com/2015/03/20/austin-lawyer-adam-reposa-says-he-put-up-white-people-stickers/

    Me neither.
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    Surely, you remember the major national story when a white student did the exact same thing (only not as a project):

    http://wfla.com/story/26416260/sweet...-colored-signs

    Oh wait...it was as minor a story as this one. Actually, I think the OP story has a gotten lot more coverage

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-only-signs-university-of-buffalo_55fc74f1e4b00310edf70c5e

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/university-buffalo-student-hangs-white-signs-article-1.2366089

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...falo-student-/

    Last edited by Bos Mutus; 09-24-2015 at 01:50 PM.
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