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NEA's bad behavior

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Wed, 10 Mar 1999 19:32:32 EST

I am a longtime subscriber to this list, and although I haven't posted in a
while, I am an appreciative reader. And I have enjoyed meeting many of you at
the past NAEA meetings in New Orleans and Chicago, and hope to see many of you
in DC.
I am writing out of concern arising from a front-page article that was
printed in today's New York Times. The article is entitled, "The NEA Couldn't
Tell a Book by Its Cover," and reports that William Ivey, the new chairman of
the NEA, canceled a $7,500 grant that had been approved by "a multilayered,
yearlong grant approval process, acting within hours after the book was
brought to his attention by a reporter's phone call."
Now, I have not read the book, called "The Story of Colors." But, neither has
William Ivey. But, according to the NYT, the book is a "literary, sometimes
whimsical" story about "diversity and tolerance" centering on a "folk tale
about Mexican gods who took a gray world and filled it with brilliant colors."
What was Ivey worried enough about to cancel the grant. The author of the
book is Subcomandante Marcos, the leader of the Zapatista peasant movement in
the southern Mexican State of Chiapas. Ivey claims he was worried that the
money would fall into the hands of the Zapatistas. Cinco Puntos Press, of El
Paso, who is publishing the book has already spent $15,000 to print 5,000
copies, so it seems unlikely that the $7500 will every make its way to
peasants in Chiapas. This is just foolishness.
What was the point of fighting to save the NEA from the congressional crazies
on the Republican right only to have it behave in this spineless way? It might
be a question we should ask Bill Ivey when he addresses the NAEA convention
later this month. I think I will.


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