An annual outdoor diversity art exhibit will not be displayed at the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota campus after school leaders asked that artwork with words like “diversity” be removed.
God forbid we celebrate diversity…
VIDEO: Artwork SCF asked Embracing Our Differences to remove from exhibit https://t.co/en8oth310e
— Sarasota Herald-Tribune (@HeraldTribune) February 16, 2023
Embracing Our Differences — the nonprofit behind the outdoor show that has been displayed annually in Sarasota for two decades — pulled the exhibit at SCF this week after school leaders requested that three pieces of art be removed. It was scheduled to be displayed starting in late April.
The school found one piece, titled “Being Different Gives the World Color,” objectionable because of the accompanying quotation from Raaina Chadha, a fifth-grade student from New Delhi, India:
“Diversity and inclusion are like the needle and thread that stitch together the harmonious fabric of peace for humankind.”
[Florida Governor Ron] DeSantis announced plans to block state colleges from having DEI programs from SCF’s campus two weeks ago.
“DEI” stands for “diversity, equity, inclusion.” DeSantis has long mocked any messaging that could be interpreted as “embracing differences.”
As one Twitter user noted, the Embracing Our Differences exhibit is hardly edgy describing it as “where middle schoolers go for field trips to see like, a picture of a white hand and a black hand high fiving.”
Earlier this month, the exhibit was vandalized because “embracing our differences” is too triggering for far-right loons.
Hard to explain how absolutely benign Embracing Our Differences is. It’s where middle schoolers go for field trips to see like, a picture of a white hand and a black hand high fiving. Ome exhibit SCF objected to was called “Being Different Gives the World Color.”
— Morgan Finkelstein (@momofink) February 16, 2023
'Embracing Our Differences' Sarasota art exhibit vandalized https://t.co/dGV3StnpDw
— Sarasota Herald-Tribune (@HeraldTribune) February 2, 2023