FOXNews.com – Controversy Erupts Over Selection of Chinese Sculptor for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News
King promoted peace and understanding among all people. His primary fight, however, was to win particular opportunities for blacks in the United States by juxtaposing the plight of an oppressed people against a message of freedom and democracy.
A loose-knit but growing group of critics says a black artist â€” or at least an American â€” should have been chosen to create the King memorial between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials in the nation’s capital. They have been joined by human rights advocates who say King would have abhorred the Chinese government’s record on religious and civil liberty.
“They keep saying King was for everyone. I keep telling people, ‘No, King wasn’t for everyone. King was for fairness and justice,”‘ said Gilbert Young, a black painter from Atlanta who has started a Web site and a petition drive to try to change the project.
“I believe that black artists have the right to interpret ourselves first,” Young said. “If nobody steps up to the plate to do that, then certainly pass it along to someone else.”
I guess it is racist for a non-black to portray a black person. I wonder if that works both ways? Martin Luther King would be so proud.