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story.lead_photo.caption n this Sept. 21, 2017 photo, KKK robes are on display as part of Baltimore artist Paul Rucker's installation entitled "Rewind," now installed at York College's Wolf Hall in York, Pa.

YORK, Pa. — A Pennsylvania college has barred the public from seeing a provocative art exhibition on slavery, white supremacy and racist violence against blacks, deeming it "potentially disturbing."

The touring "Rewind" exhibition opened at York College in August, a few weeks after the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The show includes a display of mannequins dressed in colorful KKK-style robes, images of lynchings and artwork that deals with recent police shootings of unarmed blacks.

York officials say they decided to limit attendance to people with college IDs and invited guests because the images are "potentially disturbing to some," especially without the benefit of the "intended educational context of the exhibit."

The artist, Paul Rucker of Baltimore, said the private college missed an opportunity to start a dialogue about race relations.

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  • Foghorn
    October 10, 2017 at 2:23 p.m.

    I agree with the artist in this case. Many, if not most, have never seen an actual KKK robe other than in perhaps old black and white photos, if then. We can't keep shutting down consciousness raising events simply because some might find them 'triggering.' We must find a way to FACE our devils - and then face them down.

  • wildblueyonder
    October 11, 2017 at 2:02 p.m.

    Bet mrcharles would look cute in one of these. Heh.

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