Post on slur inspires art on kindness

Post on slur inspires art on kindness

Portray Around Hate Tiny Rock lawyer Chris Attig was crossing the MacArthur Park Overpass at

Portray Around Hate

Tiny Rock lawyer Chris Attig was crossing the MacArthur Park Overpass at Bragg Street for the duration of a operate on Sept. 26 when they were being confronted by ugliness and hatred. A racial slur had been spray painted on the overpass wall.

Attig, who employs pronouns them and they, returned that afternoon to get a picture of the word.

They considered of reporting it to the town, but ended up uneasy with the opportunity that a Black staff would be despatched to “cleanse up what is fundamentally white supremacy.”

“My wife and I talked about cleansing it up the subsequent weekend,” Attig states, but they initially posted an edited model of the photograph on the Downtown Minimal Rock Neighborhood Association’s Fb web site inquiring for tips on how to proceed.

“The responses just took off,” they say. Not long just after the article was created, the slur was included with a mural of a hummingbird and the terms “Far more human kindness.”

“It experienced to be finished,” claims artist X3MEX, who painted the mural just after observing the put up.

The overpass is maintained by the Arkansas Section of Transportation. In a Sept. 27 THV11 report on the incident by Jade Jackson, the department’s Dave Parker stated the partitions wanted to be painted the identical coloration to make inspections a lot easier, and advisable that people today get in touch with the section about graffiti or other concerns.

The reaction to the Facebook submit was encouraging, Attig notes, but “we have a ton of do the job to do in this point out to eliminate white supremacy and gender inequality. I do not know if this tale suggests we are carrying out a great job, but it speaks to the electric power of art to silence white supremacy.”


Back again in January 2005, David Stricklin was on the verge of taking a sabbatical from educating historical past at Lyon Faculty in Batesville.

As an alternative, he signed on as head of the Central Arkansas Library System’s Butler Middle for Arkansas Research. Two years back he was named director of strategic partnerships and local community engagement for the technique.

All of that is in the rear-watch mirror now, even though, simply because the 69-year-old Stricklin retired Friday.

He noticed firsthand the progress at CALS around the many years, including the rollout of the well-liked on the web Encyclopedia of Arkansas and the opening of the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas Historical past & Artwork in the Little Rock River Industry.

“The library is these a powerhouse,” he stated early final 7 days. “It is been this kind of an honor to operate for an business that is so related to the factors that people will need. … It is really an essential aspect of people’s lives.”

Stricklin will remain fast paced he’s involved with a challenge for the planned Oklahoma Museum of Common Society in Tulsa.

“I will go house Friday afternoon, and then on Monday morning I will go to function for OKPOP.”

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