Lewis W. Diuguid

Good riddance to offensive Scout billboards

Updated: 2013-10-01T23:49:01Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Some people have an odd idea of what they call art.

It surfaces sometimes at the Kansas City Art Institute and spurs heated debates over freedom of speech. That same kind of art attack jumped out at people last month when a two-piece billboard went up at 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue featuring a man on a scaffold aiming a rifle at the statue “The Scout” in Penn Valley Park.

The longstanding Native American scout overlooking downtown is art. The rifleman addition is just racially offensive.

Fortunately enough people also thought so, and the billboards won’t offend folks in Kansas City anymore. But people have to ask how did that thing get accepted in the first place?

No one would dare put up anything that the National Rifle Association and its members wouldn’t like. What were people thinking when they first saw the plans for this art and why weren’t they thinking?

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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