Many people hold high art as this prestigious history that should remain untouched. The fact is that the times that these paintings were made in were ridden with belligerent racism. Paintings reinforced stereotypes of non-white people and used racial slurs for the title of paintings. The names of paintings have to be changed because we live in modern times where these racial slurs and misrepresentations are unacceptable. People can argue historical context but if it would be wrong today, it’s wrong to keep those names on the paintings.

It’s time for the arts world to look hard at its own racism

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