One Equal World

Hate on Display

Posted on: September 26, 2013

Birmingham-Southern College is showing an art exhibition that took three years to create.  It is called “The Hate Project.”  The installation showcases the 1,007 hate groups from around the country.  The opening eclipsed the 50th anniversary of the bombing at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church in which four young girls were killed.  That took place on September 15, 1963.

Some of the groups the show focuses on include the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis and anti-gay groups, according to Steve Cole, Art History Professor at the college.  The exhibit displays figurines representing the various groups.

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There are at least 1,007 hate groups around the country.
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The exhibit is being shown in tandem with Birmingham’s Forward Ever, Birmingham project.  It commemorates the events of 1963 which many view as a turning point in the Civil Rights movement.

Funding for the project came from a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South.  Their hope was to give students a chance to get hands-on experience “planning an exhibition, from organizing the gallery space to dealing with storing and shipping the work when it travels to other locations later in the year.”

“Your world perspective changes as you get older and have children. Somewhere along the line you feel the need to make a difference. Art is my voice and visual imagery can be a powerful tool to illustrate a problem. By seeing the vast number of hate groups on a large-scale installation, I can see the problem clearer and I hope that others will as well,” said Cole about why he created the exhibit.

Perhaps this will bring some clarity to the issue for those who choose to view the show.  Whether anything will change is another story.  At least there are people who are paying attention and opening up the dialogue to discussion.


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