on a literal odyssey
Jon McNaughton, the controversial artist (and my personal friend) is at it again with the release of his latest painting “Runaway Slave.”
The painting depicts an African-American (C.L. Bryant), standing in front of the Lincoln and Washington monuments, holding a torch in one hand and unshackled chains in the other, as African-Americans follow behind him.
C.L. Bryant, the inspiration for this painting, is an outspoken Baptist minister and Civil Rights activist. He was the former president of the NAACP’s Garland, Texas Chapter, but has since rejected the Progressivism embraced by the NAACP.
In support of this rejection of Progressivism, C.L. Bryant refers to a couple of damning statistics. Despite government intervention—or in some cases, because of government intervention,—25% of African-Americans are in poverty, 16% of African-Americans are unemployed, and 30% of all abortions are African-American babies.
“For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success,” stated Bryant. “We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.”
Bryant urges everyone (not just African-Americans) to release themselves from economic slavery.
“Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight,” Bryant stated. “Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America … run harder!”