Steven Kurtz, on the faculty at UB’s school of art, and a member of the Critical Art Ensemblewas detained when the FBI decided his art was a bit too dangerous-looking. OK, I get that his art might be, in the words of the local TV correspondent, “it is some weird stuff,” but isn’t there such a thing as a measured response?
And if that’s not enough, some offhanded comments by a couple of Canadian ministers turned around a plane departing from the Buffalo International Airport. An FBI official suggested that the men probably made a mistake in judgment when they decided to pray aloud. I wonder if praying is only considered dangerous (and I’m making an assumption here based upon one of the passengers’ names), when you aren’t white.
Buffalo needs to chill. It’s not as if this holds some special symbolic or economic value to the US. You are probably safer here than anywhere else. If you need any proof, just take a look at the worst the FBI can dig up in their spare time.