As most of us remember, the senior year of college brings forth the opportunity to express what you’ve learned throughout your college career. But sometimes those lessons can push the envelope and become very controversial.
Case and point, Christina Edwards, an African-American college senior who attends Sacramento State University. For her senior art project, Edwards portrayed two white lynched on a campus tree. Although they were paid actors, according to The Root they had nooses hung around their necks and were suspended from the tree to prevent them from being in physical danger.
The concept of the art project was to spark a conversation about reverse racism and to shed light on the historical value of the civil rights era. During an interview with Fox 40, Edwards stated:
“The purpose of this performance was to bring to light social injustices and the issue of inequality that impacts me and my community as a whole.”
Sacramento State University felt otherwise; the university’s president Alexander Gonzalez said:
“The university did not approve the display, and I want to assure everyone that I am working to address the multiple issues raised by this incident.”
Despite the offending her campus community, Edwards believes using white men in the lynching project would help expose the reactions black men never received from other racial groups during the time lynching was prevalent in the United States. Edwards noted:
“My choice to cross racial lines was intentional to create an open opportunity to personalize and empathize with his-story as a people and hopefully initiate compassion and change in terms of social and racial availability and equality.”
Do you think Christina Edwards should have showcased her ideas differently? Watch the Fox News video below and tell us what you think.