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'This text is mine': Artist claims authorship of Union exhibit portion containing n-word

 A window has been broken at the Union for Contemporary Art in the midst of a debate over an exhibit.
A window has been broken at the Union for Contemporary Art in the midst of a debate over an exhibit. (WOWT)
Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 10:20 AM CST
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The artist behind a controversial exhibit at

issued a statement Friday claiming authorship of the words previously attributed to a well-known African American writer.

"In this text, I detail something that happened to me on the SOUTH SIDE OF PITTSBURGH," artist Vanessa German wrote in an email to 6 News.

The statement comes after Omaha Police were called to the location around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on reports that one of the windows displaying quotes — one that includes the n-word — previously attributed to

had been smashed.

"It is the text that I WROTE that is causing protest," German says in her statement. "This text is MINE. It is not Toni Morrison’s text."

Broken glass now underscores a community clash that surfaced over an exhibit at The Union for Contemporary Art.

Earlier this week,

for discussion of a display at the front of the building that sparked the dispute.

Some in the community have said the exhibit should be removed. Others have said the work needs to be considered in its proper context.

At this point, the circumstances of how the window was broken remain unknown.

Full statement from the artist

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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