The thing to do with the National Medal of Arts would be to abolish it or to hand it out to every single resident of the country so it becomes completely irrelevant.
But no Republican administration has been willing to do that. So invariably it becomes an opportunity to honor a few lefty celebs and sneak in assorted worse figures.
Biden’s National Medal of Arts awards include Judy Baca.
She’s not a household name unless you live in Arizona, Texas or California and have some memory of the debates over illegal migration.
Here’s a flashback.
About 60 anti-illegal immigrant activists demonstrating against a public art piece they say is unpatriotic were met with about 600 dancing, chanting and drum-beating opponents.
The peaceful face-off Saturday was sparked by a 12-year-old arch at the Baldwin Park Metrolink station, entitled
It was the second protest by the Ventura County-based group Save Our State of the archway in the last two months. Save Our State wants the inscription removed, alleging that the engravings are anti-American. In particular, they have focused on the phrases,
“It was better before they came,” and
“This land was Mexican once, was Indian and always is, and will be again.”
Save Our State supporter Henry Dias of San Dimas said the artwork represents a “full-scale soft invasion” of California by immigrants from Mexico.
“Racist speech should never be paid for with tax dollars,” he said. The group says the phrase,
“It was better before they came” is meant as a slur against whites.
Artist Judith Baca, who created the work, has said the words actually were taken from gibes hurled at Mexican immigrants who moved to the area after World War II. She joined the counterprotest Saturday.
Baca is among the list of honorees for the National Medal of Arts to be bestowed by Biden.
It’s quite an honor for a woman who believes America is illegitimate.
“My land and memory pieces are my attempt to spiritually reclaim land illegally acquired from Hispanos and indigenous peoples of the Southwestern United States.”
If America is illegitimate, how is her medal legitimate?