Earlier Today I posted a medical illustration with caption from the 1800’s of Sara Baartman. Let me be clear is saying I had no malicious intent and it was not a caricature (as pictured if you google her). I was unfamiliar with the subject and blinded by privilege in posting it. I really felt like it was adding to the blog as far as historical representation and am sincerely sorry to any I offended.
I personally responded to any asks or messages I received. I was unable to respond to all of the anon asks, but did respond to a few in a timely manner. I then deleted them as the asks didn’t directly address what the racism/ incident was and it left a few of the readers questioning what happened. I decided a formal apology was due, and also the best way to address any lingering concerns.
I am so sorry for posting that art. I am sorry that it was both a poor choice and a bad representation. Thank you, readers, for calling me out. I hope you see that I both learned something and am taking full accountability for my actions (i.e. the post). I hope the sincerity of my apology resonates with you.I am humbled and embarrassed but better for it.
I want Fat Art to be an inclusive environment free from any concerns of racism or anything else, including privilege. It was pointed out to me that more contemporary artists could use the exposure vs. the negativity this brought and I completely agree. I will be more careful in choosing what goes up on this blog because I understand this represents a community.
-Karen (Fat Art Mod) <——- completely responsible for this whole thing