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Confusing Painting Depicts Obama and Others as Buffalo Soldiers (PHOTO)

| On 11, Apr 2013

Buffalo Soldiers Civil War Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X Rosa Parks Frederick Douglass Colin Powell Barack Obama Michelle Obama Nelson Mandela

From l-r: Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Colin Powell, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Nelson Mandela. (Photo credit unknown)

Sometimes we don’t know when to leave well enough alone.

Check out this African-American art portrait depicting the Buffalo Soldiers, the men that comprised black infantry units from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Look closely though and you will notice a whole lot of wrong with this picture. There are about six generations of famous black people riding these horses. I want to know what would possess someone to paint this. Does Frederick Douglass really need to be riding with Michelle Obama? And why does Rosa Parks (far left) look like a man in the picture? These are the tough questions I have.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why some people insist on mashing all kinds of unrelated black history together for the sake of “art.” I’m all for creative license. This, however, made me need a shot of caffeine. *sigh*

Here are some of the original Buffalo Soldiers.

*Hat tip to @RPinHD for bringing the portrait to my attention.

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