Salem State Art Exhibit Featuring KKK Piece Provokes Criticism

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Salem State University (Wikimedia Commons)
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If you walk into the "State of the Union" art exhibit at Salem State University, you'll see a black curtain blocking a piece of art from view. The digital art piece depicts six members of the Ku Klux Klan, hooded and robed, standing against a black background.

When it first went up, the piece provoked outrage among students and some asked for the painting to be taken down. The piece remained on the wall, but the university closed the exhibit for several days. Now reopened, a curtain shields the piece from a casual passerby.

We talk about how the university dealt with the issue and how students have responded.


Patricia Meservey, president of Salem State University since 2007, which tweets @salemstate.

This article was originally published on December 05, 2016.

This segment aired on December 5, 2016.



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