Re-writing history the left-wing way

The left-wing are outraged and have forced the Auckland Council to remove an art piece from an exhibition because it might offend someone.

Is this the new standard now? That we don’t display artworks because someone might be offended? On left wing hate speech blogger even implored violent attacks against the artwork. I haven’t seen the journalists calling him out.

Do we now have a Mike Lee approved standard of what can and cannot be displayed in the city ignoring history int he process?

An artwork depicting controversial strikes on Auckland’s waterfront 100 years ago has been covered up ahead of its removal this morning to avoid upsetting descendants of harbour workers.

The two-dimensional black silhouette shows a baton-wielding “strike-breaker”, one of the rural Aucklanders employed to disrupt protesting dock workers in 1913.  

artThe work is on Queens Wharf as part of Tamaki Makaurau – The Many Lovers of Auckland, a Waterfront Auckland project that tells the history of the waterfront.

Yesterday, city councillor Mike Lee protested to Waterfront Auckland chairman Sir Bob Harvey after reading the plaque attached to the work. It quotes strike-breaker Jim Ross from a 1913 newspaper saying, “From our homes in the backblocks of Auckland we came to help down the strike and keep the town’s name.”

An accompanying description gave a brief history of the role of strike-breakers and labelled Mr Ross “one of the many lovers of Auckland”.

Mr Lee said the artwork paid homage to “thugs and bashers on the people’s wharf. We have really lost our way if heritage experts believe vigilante thugs rounded up to attack striking working people are deemed to be heroes.”

This was part of history…and now we can’t explore art around that?  How ridiculous, the council should have told Mike Lee to sling his hook.

Looks like the public agrees with me as well.

I am outraged that these lefty tosspots get to decided what is right and proper for people to see as art.  We should be outraged that two paid employees of Auckland Ratepayers can decide it’s demise.

It’s like hiding the Holocaust from WWII history because it might offend someone.

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