Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sorry for the interruption folks, we now return you to the Arts.

Idaho is mounting a serious challenge to South Dakota for the title of backwards assed bastion of the North. In 2008 the legislature will be moving to an abandoned courthouse while the Statehouse undergoes renovation. This is not bad in and of itself, but in the 1940's the courthouse was painted with murals depicting the lynching of an Indian man, as part of the Works Progress Administration Artists Project. Really.

Aryan Nationalists...um, I mean "historic preservationists" are fighting to save the murals, stating that even removing them to another location would "detract from their historical significance." I'm all for remembering history, but it certainly doesn't take an offensive mural depicting the lynching of an Indian man to remind us of atrocities directed against Indians, we can look around and see plenty of it. It's not relegated to history (see the previous two posts). Story here.