Across Black America week of March 23, 2017.
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 3/23/2017, midnight
A new billboard in Phoenix has sparked controversy with its anti-Trump message, reports The Grio. The Nazi-esque sign is located in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue and was designed by artist Karen Fiorito. “I got the opportunity to have a platform to say something, and I took that opportunity. I take full responsibility for it,” Fiorito said. According to the artist, the Limited Liability Corp., which is an organization in Phoenix that supports the arts, gave her the platform. The billboard has an image of Donald Trump in the center foreground with mushroom clouds behind him and Nazi-like dollar signs to either side of him. On the other side of the billboard, there is another message. “Unity” is spelled out in sign language. The artist says there is a lot to the billboard, and it’s up to people to interpret it as they see fit.
Arkansas legislators voted March 17 to separate Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the holiday that celebrates the memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. According to the Associated Press, the proposal cleared the state House by a vote of 66-11. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is expected to sign the legislation into law, has been a proponent of Senate Bill 519 since it was filed. “The support for a separate holiday to recognize Martin Luther King far exceeded my expectations and speaks well of the General Assembly and our state,” Hutchinson wrote on Twitter. The legislation will move Robert E. Lee Day from the third Monday in January, which it currently shares with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to the second Saturday in October. With Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee both born in January, Arkansas voted to combine the two holidays in 1985, according to the AP. Mississippi and Alabama will be the only remaining states to honor both Lee and King on the same date, after this bill is signed into law. A small town in Mississippi faced outrage in January for not giving Martin Luther King Jr. Day its proper title. The new bill not only separates the two commemorative dates but also requires the state’s Department of Education to create a special curriculum on the fight for civil rights and the Civil War, starting with the 2018-2019 school year.
The NBA has fined Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala $10,000 for his controversial response to coach Steve Kerr’s decision to rest him and teammates Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for the March 11 game against the San Antonio Spurs. “Nope, no clue,” Iguodala said in response to a reporter’s question about his knowledge of Kerr’s decision, which followed the team’s March 10 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I do what master says.” Iguodala also used the N-word repeatedly during his postgame media address. His response drew a hailstorm of criticism over the weekend. The NBA announced Iguodala’s fine on the afternoon of March 13 via an official press release. Following the team’s practice that day in Oakland, Kerr spoke to reporters about the ordeal. He wasn’t talking about me,” Kerr told the Bay Area San Jose Mercury News. “I wasn’t the slightest bit offended ... He has a very cryptic sense of humor. The only thing I’d say, there’s certain humorous things you should say in the sanctity of the locker room, and there’s certain humorous things you might want to keep from the media. That was one of them, and he knows that.” Iguodala later retracted his comments and clarified that his remarks were not personally directed at Kerr.