PETA's new traveling exhibit compares animal abuse to salvery:
One panel depicted a black civil rights protester being beaten at a lunch counter beside a photograph of a seal being bludgeoned. Another panel, titled "Hanging," showed a graphic photo of a white mob surrounding two lynched blacks hanging from tree limbs, while a nearby picture showed a cow hanging in a slaughterhouse.
The NAACP objected:
Carr said the images were used by PETA to prove a point: Whether it's humans harming animals or each other, all point to an oppressive mind-set. But, officials with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People don’t see it that way.
"PETA operates by getting publicity any way they can," said John White, an NAACP spokesman. "They're comparing chickens to black people?"
Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project with the Southern Poverty Law Center, in Montgomery, Ala., called the exhibit "disgusting."
"Black people in America have had quite enough of being compared to animals without PETA joining in," he said.
PETA officials apologized earlier this year for a campaign that compared the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust with that of factory animals.
As with the Holocaust On Your Plate campaign, the comparison being made was not controversial until PETA made it in a very graphic, in-your-face manner. PETA's approach is very much like a cable tv news chat show, where the participants and host yell at each other in 15 to 30 second shrieked soundbites. Whoever screams the loudest is heard; only the most controversial is highlighted. Just as that type of 'debate' hurts the public by focusing on the extreme fringes of any debate, polarizing rather than homoginizing Americans, PETA ultimately hurts its cause by doing the same. There must be a better way.