Obama Installs Racially Charged Painting
Norman Rockwell work includes racial epithet
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 3:58 PM CDT
President Obama and Ruby Bridges look at Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With."   (White House)

(Newser) – The nation's first black president has hung a painting with the N-word outside the Oval Office, in a nod to the civil rights movement, reports Politico. President Obama last month had Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With" installed in the White House; the painting shows a black child, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, en route to her newly integrated New Orleans school as the wall behind her shows graffiti including the racial epithet and "KKK," as well as a splattered tomato.

Bridges herself, now 56, lobbied the president to install the painting. “It did have a lot to do with this particular president,” Bridges says. “He is a president of mixed race. I did feel if anyone would hang the painting, it would be him.” Obama invited Bridges to the White House to see the painting, telling her, “I think it’s fair to say that if it hadn’t been for you guys, I might not be here, and we might not be looking at this together."

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Aug 25, 2011 3:12 PM CDT
"N-word" WTF it says "NIGGER" I'll bet some "white" person wrote this story!
Aug 25, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
I hope this painting inspires the government to give a HUGE 1 Million Dollar Lump Sum Payment all those who were ever slaves to any person in the USA. We can’t help those who has been discriminated against TODAY.. Because All White Males would be first in line..
Aug 25, 2011 4:15 AM CDT
How about we keep our eyes on the ball, the economy.