The debate over the removal of controversial art from a San Jose school district office has reached the next level: lawyers.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California sent a letter Friday to the East Side Union High School District that urges its superintendent to rehang a series of 11 paintings by San Francisco artist Mark Harris. The pieces, which depict scenes of racial injustice and hung in celebration of Black History Month, were taken down after parents complained, according to district administrators.
"We're demanding this art depicting racial injustice be returned to the walls," the ACLU tweeted.
In a post on its website, the ACLU of Northern California wrote that for the past three years, the school district has celebrated Black History Month by displaying art that does the same. This year, Reverend Jeff Moore, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Branch of the NAACP, chose Harris to provide some of his work for the exhibit, which he did.