Controversial Posters Celebrate White Leadership at Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

A series of controversial posters have appeared throughout Seattle, and they’re getting a lot of attention for their invitation to join in celebrating 20 years of Anglo-Saxon leadership at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (OA&C).

At first glance, the posters seem to show the official OA&C logo ~ But upon further review we see the artist has made use of the & symbol in order to make a statement on racial bias in the office. Very possibly in response to the recent article published by King County News exposing bias hiring practices in both the appointment of only White male Directors, and in an apparent exclusion from hiring African American males into management. https://kingcountynews.org/2020/07/19/seattle-so-white-50-years-of-anglo-saxon-leadership-at-the-office-of-arts-culture/

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Celebrate 20 years of Anglo-Saxon Leadership poster, near the 4Culture Office in Downtown Seattle

For the casual observer, the poster is an invitation to “join Seattle in celebrating 20 years of Anglo-Saxon leadership at the Office of Arts & Culture.” It is only after carefully reading the fine print that the disclaimer states that these posters were not created by the OA&C.

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So we are left with this question: were the posters created by someone with a pro-white supremacy agenda, who is looking for like-minded neighbors to celebrate the tradition of Anglo-Saxon leadership at the OA&C? Or are the posters a parody that were created to mockingly draw attention to the bias of the OA&C? Either way it’s not a good look for Director Randy Engstrom and the office.

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