Identification on accompanying material (typed): The Black Muslim, of the religious sect, plucks his X lyre leading the people astray. A former political leader encased in now extinct mastadon (by choice or by chance?) leans for support on a birch cane, while Klan figure pumps wooden cross giving unwanted life to extinct mastodon. Below the Klan figure the preacher of hate uses Bible and dynamite cross to further racial hatred and unrest while above a southern racist politician manipulates the "handkerchief head" Negro, the Negro image he hopes to sustain while he, the politician, is himself a puppet to his own mean ambitions (see key in head.)
The central knighted figure represents the vocal and editorial facet of the John Birch Society - -hence the knight's armor is derived from that receptacle so familiar to us all, thus, giving real meaning to the name, the "John" Birch Society. The banner unfurled reveals the "roll" of other rightists in history.
The militant figure embracing the bomb - - suggests the posture of peace through force.
The posithioning of the feet on the figures might imply an absolute negative stand or that somewhere along the line they got started off on the wrong foot.
Right Society, 196-. Billy Morrow Jackson prints, [ca. 1965]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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