While critiquing or protesting artworks is a vital part of a healthy democratic society, cultural institutions who bow to demands to remove or destroy works that engage with contentious political or social issues endanger our ability to maintain a public sphere where ideas and societal problems can be freely identified and discussed.
The message government is communicating appears to be that young people’s opinions concerning such issues are not respected and don’t matter.
The play offers a perspective on the experience of growing up biracial — or “mulatto,” a dated term used to describe a person with one black and one white parent.
Throughout March, to celebrate Women’s History Month, NCAC will be spotlighting censorship cases involving women and women’s issues on its crowdsourced wiki, Censorpedia.
An exhibition of artworks celebrating Black History Month was removed from display in a San Jose School district building after complaints calling the works offensive.