Words and works of Contemporary Artist Keith M Ramsey

DILUTED LOSS: The Missed Kiss & Capt. Jim Crow…

After weeks of thinking about the message the new work for DILUTED LOSS would focus on and would attempt to say, I woke up at 4:39am with ideas scraping on the door to my mind. Immediately I got out of bed and went into the office to sketch the ideas down before they escaped my creative grasp. Before my eyes could focus clearly, I had the titles of the pieces that would be added to the series and shown in May 2011.

“THE MISSED KISS” & “Capt. JIM CROW, Civ. JIM CROW” will be worked on this week and hopefully it’ll project the message to the viewing audience as clearly as it did when it came to me in a dream.

The work is becoming more relevant to me after I read an article during my research that stated:

“The opening speaker at the first National Tea Party Convention, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Col) called President Obama a “committed Socialist ideologue” who was elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote.”

While the “JIM CROW” laws were being enforced, Literacy tests were a tactic to suppress the voting rights of African-Americans, while poor whites had a “Grandfather Clause” that allowed them to vote regardless of their educational knowledge.

For a congressional member, former or otherwise, to trumpet “Jim Crow” era laws is unacceptable and repugnant. There’s no question he said this because of the high poll numbers of black support for Barack Obama in the 2008 election leading to the first African-American U.S. President.

The comment by the congressman to the Tea Party, in 2008, shows a willful and quiet march of the political class toward a future that mimics America’s racist past.

It doesn’t matter that Rep. Tom Tancredo, later stepped back from those comments or not.

The ugly truth is, the congressman revelled in the statement all the way to the point where he stated plainly, “Its our nation.”

I’m assuming he isn’t talking to me.

thanx for viewing



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