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“WE ARE AT WAR”
by Linda Jordan, ©2020
(Jun. 19, 2020) — I yearn for the days when countries pulled together at a time of war to protect art, to prevent the destruction of history and culture. Remember The ‘Monuments Men’?
“Prior to the U.S. entrance to the war, American art professionals were looking for ways to protect European art and monuments from being stolen by the Nazis or from being destroyed during the war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Area.” A group of men and women from 13 nations, most of whom volunteered for service in the American government’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives unit, risked their lives to uncover 1,000 hidden troves that held over 5 million pieces of art and culture stolen from people and institutions all over the world”(1) (2)
The Smithsonian Channel has a good video on this effort.(3)
There were also many museum directors, curators, artists, architects and archivists who went to great lengths to crate, move and hide massive paintings, sculptures and artifacts in an effort to protect art collections from being destroyed or plundered in an effort to save as much of the culture as they could.
We are at war. The Nazis and Fascists have returned. Black Lives Matter (BLM) has declared war on America. Our cities are burning, our police force is under attack, the very foundations of our nation are under attack, our Constitution is under attack, our art, our history, our culture are all suffering from this scourge known as BLM. (4)
Across our country, wherever these race-baiting, violent thugs think they find it, which is everywhere, no place is safe, (hear that, Smithsonian?) BLM et al are destroying statutes, paintings and artifacts they deem as racist. (5) Artwork is even being removed from Capitol Hill in DC so as not to offend their delicate sensibilities. However, if their “art,” representing their long six-year-old history and culture, is destroyed, it is a sad day.(6) (btw by a gang of mostly minority looters)
President Trump, we call on you to reinstate the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments Act. If you can’t find any museum directors, curators, artists, architects and archivists willing to choke on their own hypocrisy and stand up to BLM et al, there are millions of other Americans willing to volunteer. Maybe George Clooney could lead the charge. The preservation of art and culture used to be important to him. But maybe he only champions the preservation of art and culture in parts of the world where slavery was never a part of their history. Like Europe.
(1) The Monuments Men: The 8 Greatest Pieces of Art Saved During World War II by Stephanie Schoppert
(4) A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
(5) Race-baiting. disapproving: the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people.
(6) Antifa & BLM art gallery looted, destroyed 6/15/20