- - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The unveiling of the Obamas’ official portraits this week rightfully has generated the criticism this racist couple richly deserves (“Official Obama portraits unveiled at National Portrait Gallery,” Web, Feb. 12). To commission a painting of Mrs. Obama by artist Kehinde Wiley, who has painted pictures of black women holding the severed heads of white women is outrageous and reveals the double standard of decency acceptable to liberals and the mainstream media.

One can only imagine the outrage, marches and demonstrations (and perhaps riots) that would have occurred had a white racist artist been commissioned to paint the official portrait of first lady Laura Bush. The Smithsonian Institution is fully vested in the abuse of polarizing racism and the institution of victimhood and should be ashamed of itself for participating in this affront to the public trust. And, remaining largely silent about it, the mainstream media is complicit in trying to hide the facts about Mr. Wiley.

It’s time to call these low-lifes out for the racist, divisive people they are. We should also condemn the Obamas’ commissioning of such an individual to paint their official portraits. Their worldview of a hateful and racist America perpetuates the continued polarization of our country.

AL QUARTARARO

Virginia Beach, Va.

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