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Picture of slave in compromising position - too graphic to be educational?

NJ library displays drawing of slave having sex with white man


A day after it was put on display, it was covered up due to complaints from employees until they decide what to do about it.  They've since made the decision to leave it uncovered.

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Asked by NotPanicking at 11:03 PM on Jan. 20, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think a library is an appropriate place for any type of sexual picture hung on the wall. Even in the reference section - when I went back to school there were numerous times I had to drag my kids with me to the library to get some information, source, etc. I would not have been happy if my kids had stumbled on to a picture like that and I had to explain what that was.

    Answer by missanc at 8:53 AM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • I found an image of it. While I don't think it's appropriate to depict sexual images in a place like a library, and while I also don't see any educational value to it - I also have to say that I had to hunt for the slave giving oral sex to a white man, and that with so much going on in the image, and the way it's portrayed, I don't know that any kid would look at that and go "Hey, she's giving that man a blow job!"

    Answer by wendythewriter at 9:12 AM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • okmanders Do you have a link to the picture? Before passing judgement I'd like to see it as well.

    Answer by baconbits at 12:10 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Well I went to the link and foundno picture. I would not assume rape without seeing the picture though.

    Answer by Dardenella at 2:36 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Here's the image I found. There are others, but this one is big enough to really see - the others were a little harder to see the whole thing, either from size or angle.


    Answer by wendythewriter at 3:32 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • I looked at the photo and personally find it rather out of place in a library. It's not just the one part but there are other parts that show nudity which has no place in a public library. I realize that it was in a section mainly adults use but if I was to go there then most likely my 4, 5 & 7 year olds would be with me. They do not need to be seeing it.

    Answer by baconbits at 3:58 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Thank you for postin the link. It is a hard picture to look at but many pieces of art are just as hard to look at.
    I still do not think that this should be a permanent piece of art in a library. I could see if it was this person's work that was displayed for a week.
    I doubt that a child could find and figure out what is going on in that section of the painting and if they dd I would be questioning why that info is in their little head to begin with.
    Just a side note. This depiction is AFTER the Civil War and so there are no slaves only lack people or the term used at the time.

    Answer by Dardenella at 4:46 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Oh my heavens! Other than it being crappy art taking up space in a reference room....I don't see the hoopla. There has been some respesentations of Christ that were awful...and we were is is just art.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:03 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • I would not assume rape without seeing the picture though.

    If it's a slave and owner, it's always going to be rape, that much should be understood.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 6:18 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Slaves were freed at the close of the Civil War And that ain't necessarily so. One of the forefathers (I am sure there were more)had a love affair with a slave and from the documentation she wasn't forsced into the relationship. Though she was not recognized as family they were treated as such and all her children were well educated.

    I think any time you say if this then that about humans you are bound to find all sorts of examples that show you are wrong.

    Answer by Dardenella at 6:37 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

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