Benjamin Guidry, Polarizing Discourse, acrylic on cardboard, 2017

Within the past few months, protests and riots have flared as university students and left-leaning peers attempted to silence controversial speakers such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and Charles Murray. I wonder if our local community can appease rising polarization before hatred, violence and suppression claim victory in yet another American city. As Bernie Sanders said in defense of conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s right to speak: “What are you afraid of — her ideas?”

Editor’s Note: City Collage is a collaboration between journalists and artists. The resulting works are inspired by public statements captured in the news and on social media and collected by The Current.

Benjamin Guidry is an artist and a musician. He recently received his bachelor of fine arts from UL Lafayette with a focus in painting.

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