A question requests an answer. An easy way to tell if someone intended a statement as a question is a question mark. Some statements looks like questions but are commands. "Class, would you please sit down?". A tricky exception to the rule. But I don't think there are any exceptions where a sentance ending in a period is a question.
Nowhere in the phrase from this artwork, "Politically its [sic] OK to hate the white man. Is it OK for me to hate if Ive [sic] been a victim.", can I find a question that requests an answer. There are two statements and no questions.
It is inaccurate for the writer of this article to say that 'Alvillar has offered the provocative questions' when there are no questions in the text of the artwork. It is also inappropriate for the writer to say that Detective Ken Allen believes Alvillar's work represents not a provocative question but a definitive statement. Belief doesn't enter into the discussion. The artwork contains two statements, no question. You don't have to believe me. find someone with knowledge on the topic; consult a grammer teacher if you must.
Here's a snippit from an AJC article:
Alvillar said his piece is not exactly what he would like to have displayed. He could have honed his message with a bit more space, but had room for just three rows of 11 flags, two letters on each flag. Alvillar said his first choice for the first sentence just didn't fit: "Politically, is it OK to hate the white man?"
So he messed up on his own artwork. To understand the message now you have see the art, read the artist's explanation below the art, and know that he himself acknowledged creating an unclear message.
The artwork when viewed alone surely does create debate, but not thoughtful debate. Is the artwork sarcastic? Is it talking about how beat down minorities feel? Is it pro racism? Is it against racism? Those are questions( complete with question marks!). And those are questions that artwork should be able to answer. It doesn't.
[FYI: "A formula for Hate" is also the title of a Captain Planet episode. Combine that with the fact that he couldn't figure out how put a question mark on his artwork maybe the artist wasn't trying as hard as he should have been. But I bet he got paid.]
Well I would say that a question is
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