Time to Drop the Curtain on Radical Chic

What is it with the Black Panthers? They were exposed as a vicious criminal gang long ago, and liberals who fawn over them have been subjects of ridicule at least since 1970, when Tom Wolfe wrote Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. Yet somehow, they keep coming back. I wrote here about the University of Minnesota’s disgraceful plan to honor two surviving Panthers, both of whom are available for the occasion because of a hung jury in their murder trial.

Now it’s Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, which is putting on a show called “Hippie Modernism.” The Walker posted this work of art on Instagram:

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The picture was accompanied by this commentary:

“We are from 25 to 30 million strong, and we are armed. And we are conscious of our situation. And we are determined to change it. And we are unafraid.” #BlackPantherParty minister of culture #EmoryDouglas was responsible for the party’s bold visual style and even bolder depictions of social injustice.

Betty Van Patter, Alex Rackley and the Panthers’ many other victims were unavailable for comment on the gang’s “bold visual style.”

What’s next, a fond retrospective on the Crips’ bold use of the color blue? Do liberals have no shame at all?