In case you hadn’t heard, a college in Pennsylvania found itself in the media spotlight after displaying a student’s work of art that contained the words “KILL COPS.”
After employees complained and asked for it to be taken down, administrators claimed that the message was taken out of context and in no way an endorsement for violence against police officers. In fact, the painting was referred to as a ‘call for peace.’
Excuse me… what?
How else can the words “KILL COPS” be interpreted? If the word ‘cops’ was removed and replaced with another group of people, would that be okay? Would that still be a call to peace?
Free speech and the freedom of expression are rights, but hate speech is not protected. There should be consequences for this type of behavior.
When faced with the controversy, the student who painted the mural argued that his work was misunderstood. He did not clarify, however, how else the art could be interpreted.
“I believe that my piece has been taken completely out of context, specifically the one that contains the words ‘kill cops,’” the 20-year-old student said. “They were stripped away of the totality of the rest of the competition [and] the meaning behind it.”
Okay, kid. Explain the true meaning behind it. Was it really a ‘call for peace’ or are you trying to cover your own behind because the Internet got ahold of it? I’ll sympathize with you for a moment.
You’re 20 years old. You are in arguably the most liberal place on Earth… college. And because of the narratives that are being pushed through your professors and the media, you probably believe that as a black man, you’re more likely to be targeted by police.
You’ve been told that you have the crosshairs on your back. You’ve been told that I’m the hunter.
But you’re wrong. And here are the numbers to prove it.
You might have been told that the Thin Blue Line Flag is racist and goes against the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m here to tell you that you’ve been lied to yet again.
I am truly sorry that you’ve been bred to fear the ones that are here to protect you and your family from harm. I’m sorry you see me as an enemy instead of an ally. If we’re ever going to move to a less divisive place in our country, we need to be open to having honest and true discussions. Looking at facts over feelings. Repairing our broken relationship.
Allegheny school officials stood in defense of the student, but eventually the artwork was removed from its display.
“The artist, the Art Department, and Allegheny College do not condone violence toward police or any group of people,” Allegheny College wrote in the post. “This artwork when viewed fully documents an urban street scene in which many controversial slogans are visible. The intent from the artist is to call for an end to mindless violence, just the opposite from the context being circulated on social media.”