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Controversial drawing of slave having sex with white man displayed at library

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A controversial drawing about the horrors of racism and race-based violence — that includes a depiction of an African-American slave performing oral sex on a white man — has been put on display again at a New Jersey library, reported The Star-Ledger.

It was taken down from the walls of the Newark Public Library just a day after it was originally displayed due to complaints about the graphic image.

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Artist Kara Walker, who received the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant in 1997 and who often deals with themes such as race and gender, created the artwork.

“The library should be a safe harbor for controversies of all types, and those controversies can be dealt with in the context of what is known about art, about literature, democracy and freedom,” a library trustee and Rutgers professor told the news outlet.

Below the work, there is a sheet of paper where people can write down their feelings regarding the drawing.

[Image: Library With Books on Shutterstock]

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