Last week, the University of Rhode Island revealed their plans to remove several murals which memorialize returning World War II soldiers and life for them at the university.
They lack “diversity.”
Let that sink in for a moment: memorials painted to pay homage the men who fought protecting the entire Western hemisphere from the dangerous threat of fascism and racism are now deemed as offensive because there are too many white people in them.
Look, diversity is a beautiful thing. Our nation, in fact, is the most diverse in the whole world, and it is our wide array of people groups and cultural backgrounds that has made this nation unique. It is perfectly understandable that people from different backgrounds would like to celebrate and honor their own heritage.
But are we seriously going to erase the memory of what thousands of WWII soldiers went through and what life was like for them when they returned from the front because they lacked intersectional brownie points?!
This is sheer insanity.
Campus Reform reports that Kathy Collins, the Vice President of Student Affairs, said the decision was made out of concern for the impact of the mural on students of color.
“I have received complaints about the murals that portray a very homogeneous population predominately the persons painted and depicted on the wall are predominantly white and that does not represent who our institution is today,” Collins told CBS 12. “Some of our students have even shared with us they didn’t feel comfortable sitting in that space.”
While Collins gave credit to the artist, Arthur Sherman, who painted the murals after returning from WWII and attending URI, she explained that, well, his time is simply over.
“These murals were a snapshot in time, but the images no longer represent who we are today and where we are going in the future,” said Collins. “We appreciate Dr. Sherman’s love of URI and his ability to capture that time period. We honor his military service, his athletic accomplishments and his dedicated teaching at URI. When we complete the renovations, we will invite the Sherman family to the ceremonies to thank them for their contributions to the University.”
Dr. Sherman’s daughter, Pamela Sherman, does not seem to find this consoling.
“It’s terribly upsetting and we grew up with those murals being there,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for the University of Rhode Island to embrace its history, it’s an opportunity for it to show a timeline, a progression and a change over decades and we never want to forget our past.”
To be fair, Arthur himself, when asked about the removal of his murals, said “That’s a good question. Time goes by and things change.”
Time goes by and things do change, but history doesn’t. How much more of it are we going to erase before the progressives are pleased?
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