Ga. official to remove lobby paintings

Doesn't depict Georgia, new Ag Commissioner Black says

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ATLANTA - The incoming agriculture commissioner wants to remove paintings he considers "undesirable" that were meant to show the history of Georgia farming.

Commissioner-elect Gary Black told WXIA-TV that seven pictures in the lobby of the Agriculture Department in Atlanta will go into storage. The Republican takes office next month.

The paintings by George Beattie have been in the lobby for half a century. Two paintings depict slavery, which was allowed in Georgia until the practice was outlawed after the Civil War.

Another shows partially clothed American Indians.

Black said several scenes "are not acceptable today" and don't represent modern agriculture.

Atlanta sculptor George Beasley, a friend of the painter, said the artist tried to show the whole picture of Georgia farming. He said the work should remain on display.

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walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 12/28/10 - 08:54 am
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Another move to rewrite and

Another move to rewrite and sanitize history, however dispicable it was. We should recognize the past to avoid a repeat of the mistakes.

nerthus
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nerthus 12/28/10 - 08:57 am
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right we should be so ashamed

right we should be so ashamed of Georgia and the south in general past we should not advertise it and certainly not have holidays about it.

justus4
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justus4 12/28/10 - 09:01 am
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Here is the problem: Those
Unpublished

Here is the problem: Those images of so-called "history" have a particular group missing, and that group of missing citizens are directly responsible for the building of that state and even the entire nation. It is a supreme insult for minorities to enter these structures i.e., state houses, court houses, or even governmental agencies, and have NO, repeat NOT ONE person of color present. It's a horrible shame that exist throughout the nation. Whatever this guy's reason for junking the paintings, it's way too long overdue.

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 12/28/10 - 09:31 am
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Since we no longer have

Since we no longer have slavery and half clothed Indians, what's the problem?

55 F-100
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55 F-100 12/28/10 - 09:36 am
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Gary Black should be about

Gary Black should be about the business of being agriculture commissioner and eschew the art critic role.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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Waaa... Waaa... Waaa...

Waaa... Waaa... Waaa...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/28/10 - 10:15 am
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Can we please everyone 100%

Can we please everyone 100% of the time...nah...ain't gonna happen.

catfish369
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catfish369 12/28/10 - 10:20 am
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It's many of the descendants

It's many of the descendants of those people depicted in the paintings overcame the madness of days gone by and that now run our government, so why exactly is it a bad thing? History is history, be it good or bad. We learn and move forward.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 12/28/10 - 11:53 am
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"Since we no longer have

"Since we no longer have slavery and half clothed Indians, what's the problem?" The problem IS that history, regardless of whether it reflects well or poorly, IS history and this man, who has yet to even take the oath of office has no business removing these photographs; "storing" them will not change what they represent. The mayor of Savannah did the same thing when he took office; pictures which had hung in a room more years than anyone could remember were placed in "storage", I suppose because HE didn't want to see them. How in the world did we elect a man who has such a grandiose thought of himself as to make his first act, even before he takes office, such a controversial and questionable one? I WILL remember his name the next time it is on the ballot and will be certain that he doesn't get my vote. Someone recently said that history books written after 1955 have little value because they don't really reflect true history; if one walks into this man's office after he has taken office that will certainly be true. Let's get Gary Black out of office before he's in or get him to consider what he thinks he's about to do. Does he even have that authority? The office belongs to the state, not to him personally and I, for one, abhor what he's about to do.

too_much_time
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too_much_time 12/28/10 - 01:05 pm
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ahhh...big Government at

ahhh...big Government at work. everybody gots ta be politically correct now.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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Oh yes. Let's get Gary Black

Oh yes. Let's get Gary Black out of office because he removed a few paintings. Thank God he was caught before he actually spent a lot of taxpayers money or he found someone to have an illicit affair with.

I mean you know.. people who would take paintings out of a government office... you can't trust 'em. Next thing you know they will outlaw the stars and bars completely. I know lets change the Georgia flag again!!!!!! Now that will stimulate the economy won't it...

No one wins with this kind of idealology!!!!!!!!

lieutenantkitten
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lieutenantkitten 12/28/10 - 02:37 pm
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CostalDawg, before you spout

CostalDawg, before you spout off what you think is the truth, you may want to read any Georgia History book by Dr. Cashin. It has what historians refer to as "primary documentation" that is used to correctly site Georgia's history. For example, did you know that Georgia was in fact NOT a debtor's colony and that slavery or liquor wasn't first allowed? Perhaps Mr. Black knows something we only assume. It did not say all the painting depicted that.
55 F-100, let's wait and see what he does as far as agriculture commissioner before we judge him. He may be what this state needs to bring us into the future and help our farmers compete.

urright
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urright 12/28/10 - 03:32 pm
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I can see it now...if he left

I can see it now...if he left the paintings, someone would have cried that he supported slavery and the stereotyping of Native Americans by leaving the paintings up. Isn't anybody satisfied? Changing those pictures is no different than redecorating your house when you move in. More power to you, Commissioner Black!

usapatriot
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usapatriot 12/28/10 - 04:17 pm
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this guy is getting a

this guy is getting a taxpayer funded salary to promote and improve GA agriculture, not to teach history. visitors and business persons visiting the Dept of Agriculture may be better served to see scenes of modern, productive GA agriculture.

the paintings and what they depict will be better served and VIEWED BY THOUSANDS more GA citizens if they were located elsewhere or put on traveling exhibit.

geez, people. think a little.

btw, " slavery, which was allowed in Georgia until the practice was outlawed after the Civil War."

wasn't slavery outlawed during the civil war? just took til afterwards to enforce it? there's AP rewriting history for you critics.

Rather
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Rather 12/28/10 - 05:59 pm
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Can't you see ... he is an

Can't you see ... he is an evil Republican and is STEELING the valuable paintings. Impeach the rascal

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 12/28/10 - 06:41 pm
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Since the "historic value" of

Since the "historic value" of these paintings are so valuable that some of you want it to remain, the Ag chief should sell it to you so it can help fund his department.

Crabby Appleton
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Crabby Appleton 12/28/10 - 10:36 pm
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The history of Georgia

The history of Georgia agriculture is much broader than Indians and slave labor. If you want to paint a picture of Ga agriculture, how about broadening it to ecompass the many, many other elements that came into play. I have no problem removing the paintings since certain people continue to rant and rave about how badly the Indians were treated and how evil slavery was. These type public displays provide a continuing "cause celebre", more they they educate.

I'm all for not forgetting about our history, but would rather the elements of it that inflame be left out of an agriculture building, particularly since they provide only a narrow snap shot of a moment in time. A more appropriate display would be in a musem where more of the entirety of the evolution of our history regarding the Indians and slavery can be adequately demonstrated.

Just my two cents.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/29/10 - 01:56 am
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I think he should worry about

I think he should worry about his job instead of paintings that represent history no matter how bad/good it was. But, if he is removing them, I sure hope not a single penny of taxpayer money is used to put up something new while at the same time furloughing our state troopers which are very much needed on our roads.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/29/10 - 09:41 am
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Funny, this is the type of

Funny, this is the type of stuff he thinks will make him look good?

Publicity stunt...

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 12/29/10 - 09:41 am
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Maybe he should put a picture

Maybe he should put a picture of Obama and Al Sharpton in place of those other pictures, then he would really be PC. This guy already has his priorties fouled up.

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