Updated: October 13, 2020 08:06 PM
Created: October 13, 2020 06:48 PM
DURANGO, C.O. — Opinions are divided over whether a Durango gallery should remove a sign outside their business that depicts a Native American caricature.
Recently, a group called Four Borderless Corners created a GoFundMe page to raise money to remove the chief sign they believe is offensive.
"We’re not gonna take anybody's money to take that sign down,” said Jackson Clark, owner of Toh Atin Gallery. “Basically if somebody wants to give money to somebody they need to give it to people on the Navajo reservation. Some of these charities out there dig deep and are providing solar power and fresh water to Navajo homes out there."
Toh Atin Gallery buys and sells Native American Art. The owner, Jackson Clark, said the sign has helped bring people into the gallery and said a lot of Native American artists do not take offense to it.
"We've come up with several ideas and suggested several things and every one of them has been declined primarily by the Native Artist we work with saying, ‘Don't do that’, so were still looking,” Clark said. “We’re still willing to talk to somebody, but until somebody can give me a real good reason why this sign is a racist sign and if we can adapt to meet that, we’re happy to do it."
However, some people feel like the sign has been around for too long and perpetuates racial stereotypes. Four Borderless Corners released a statement about the sign that read in part, "Our intention with this letter is to recognize the momentum around the movements we're seeing across the nation to eliminate, remove and remedy the dehumanizing practice of using a caricature of People of Color in imagery as a marketing tool.”
Members of the group gathered Monday to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day and to call on the removal of the chief sign.
This is not the first time the sign has come under fire. Back in June, the of the sign was vandalized with red spray paint.
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