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Erasing History at Yale: Covers over Musket in Stone Carving of Puritan

Erasing History at Yale: Covers over Musket in Stone Carving of Puritan

How Taliban-like of them.

Just a little over a year ago, an employee at Yale smashed a stained glass window at the school because he was angry over the image of African Americans carrying cotton. We covered it in this post: Yale employee smashes allegedly racist stained-glass window, Yale won’t press charges

Not only did Yale not press charges, they rehired the employee with much fanfare. Now another piece of campus art has been altered for the sake of political correctness.

Here’s the explanation in the Yale alumni magazine:


If you were especially observant during your years on campus, you may have noticed a stone carving by the York Street entrance to Sterling Memorial Library that depict a hostile encounter: a Puritan pointing a musket at a Native American (top). When the library decided to reopen the long-disused entrance as the front door of the new Center for Teaching and Learning, says head librarian Susan Gibbons, she and the university’s Committee on Art in Public Spaces decided the carving’s “presence at a major entrance to Sterling was not appropriate.”

So Yale placed stone over the musket in the carving. This image is from the Yale alumni magazine:

Kyle Smith writes at National Review:

Yale’s Disgraceful Whitewashing of History Continues

Yale’s determination to take a giant jar of Wite-Out to history has reached a new level of fatuousness.

This week the Yale Alumni Magazine reported that a stone carving of an Indian and a Puritan over an entrance to Sterling Memorial Library had been bowdlerized, with the weapon the latter was holding covered up. A head librarian, Susan Gibbons, said that she and the university’s Committee on Art in Public Spaces found that the carving’s “presence at a major entrance to Sterling was not appropriate.” Yale ordered the musket of the Puritan to be covered up with a layer of stone that Gibbons said “can be removed in the future without damaging the original carving,” the magazine reported.

It’s instructive that even as Yale’s administration rampages through history with a censor’s eye and a vandal’s paint pot, someone like Gibbons can tacitly acknowledge that the hysteria might die down in some future generation and that we should therefore make some of the cover-ups reversible. At the same time, though, it’s impossible not to rue the irony of a period when librarians take on the duties of literally covering up the past. Perhaps the definition of librarian will gradually morph over the coming decades to “one who protects us from the historical record.”

In their haste to preemptively ward off any sudden triggering episodes by continuing to display a carving that has been visible in the heart of the campus for many decades, Yale’s historical-demolition squad appeared not to notice a few things. For instance: Although the Puritan was holding a weapon, so was the Indian. Only the Puritan’s musket was plastered over, not the Indian’s bow.

Arthur Kimes makes an excellent point here:

What’s the difference?

Hat tip to Instapundit.


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Shouldn’t they also disarm the Indian and take away his bow?

    nordic_prince in reply to Hawk. | August 12, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I was wondering the same thing. Why does the Native American Indian get to retain his weapon? Oh yeah, “people of color” are allowed to be aggressive and openly hostile, but Whiteys just supposed to shut up and take it, because “white privilege.”

    rabidfox in reply to Hawk. | August 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I’m just surprised that they didn’t chisel the sculpture into a meaningless mass of stonework.

DrainTheSwampNow | August 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

If you are an alumni, vote with your wallet. I ceased all gifts to my university many years ago when they banned Chief Illiniwek in 2007.

    The NCAA forced universities to drop what the NCAA in its sole discretion deemed to be”offensive” logos or face losing NCAA sanctioning. UI chose money which NCAA sanctioing brings over heritage. Chief Illiniwek was as much a part of campus culture as is the Alma Mater and Kam’s.

    There is nothing offensive at all about the Chief. This is yet another case of a disinterested third party finding perceived offense on behalf of another within whom there is no relationship.

    The Sioux nation donated the ceremonial feathered headdress worn by the student who performed as the Chief in reenactment of Sioux rituals. The Sioux nation collaborated in these performances to ensure cultural accuracy. Through the Chief the Sioux were able to keep knowledge of their culture alive.

I’m a little surprised they didn’t cover up the Puritan, too. You know, part of the white, privileged, Christian patriarchy that drove Lizzie Warren’s ancestors out of their lands.

Very triggering.

Don’t they want the musket to show how the Puritans suppressed the Natives?

So he’s dropping a boulder on that Indian?

Orson Buggeigh | August 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

So when will head librarian Susan Gibbons lead a book burning on the lawn in front of the library? I’m sure there are many volumes that she and the art committee can find that are inappropriate for dissemination to a sensitive public.

Remember the good old days when libraries actually opposed censorship? How 19th century!

    YellowSnake in reply to Orson Buggeigh. | August 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    ‘Focus on the Family’ and other conservative organization are active in book banning. So down off your high-horse. It may be that one of the few bi-partisan activities that this nation still has is censorship.

      DaveGinOly in reply to YellowSnake. | August 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Yale’s job, as an institution of higher learning, is to encourage discourse on art, history, society, and politics, not to cover it up to protect students from being triggered and offended. The same can’t be said about Focus On The Family. FOTF has no such obligations nor role in society.

        YellowSnake in reply to DaveGinOly. | August 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        I can live with that. So FOTF should stay the hell out of the school system and the libraries. Agreed?

          gibbie in reply to YellowSnake. | August 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm

          FOTF has a perfect right to have its nose in any public (i.e. government funded) entity.

          YellowSnake in reply to YellowSnake. | August 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm

          @gibbie As far as I am concerned nobody has a perfect right to censor. When I was in 9th grade, our class wrote an original play for performance in an assembly. In the play Khrushchev & Kennedy hug and dance around the stage. For some reason the American Legion got wind of the play and got it canceled. They got all hot and bothered about a play written by idealistic 9th graders. That was actually the start of me becoming political. Up until then, I just wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. I couldn’t have given a sheet about politics. But the pissed me off and they were stupid, reactionary and un-American.

          I made my dad, a WW II veteran, quit the American Legion. When the American Legion became staunch supporter of the Vietnam War, guess what I thought.

          Screw the American Legion, FOTF and any one else who thinks the world is better place by suppressing ideas. It doesn’t work, anyway. Screw the Left when the do the same. That was the point of my original post. But you righties can’t let anything that isn’t party line stand and the party line is that the left is always wrong. But the right never is.

        YellowSnake in reply to DaveGinOly. | August 13, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        There are a whole bunch of other things FOTF should keep their nose out of. But they claim they have god on their side and that justifies their meddling in everybody business – tax free, at that.

Universities are the source of many of this country’s cultural problems, which is to say that they’re the source of most of all problems (politics is downstream from culture).

We need to end federal funding for universities, but first we must end the reason their degrees are valuable: as proxies for aptitude testing by employers.

Overturn Griggs v. Duke Power.
Everything flows from that one foolish SCOTUS decision.

I am all in favor of unexpurgated history. The liberals are ridiculous when they try to censor in the name of sensitivity. Better to know how slavery benefited Yale.

The conservatives need to stop whitewashing history. As Dick Gregory put it: If Columbus discovered America, he was going to go downtown and discover himself a Cadillac.

If DJT is going to “Make America Great Again”, this time he is going to have to do it for ALL Americans. Anyone think that is what he meant?

    DaveGinOly in reply to YellowSnake. | August 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Why would you think that’s not what he means? Because Bannon has been labeled “alt-right”? Because of Jeff Sessions (who was awarded for his work by the NAACP)? Because every liberal talking head has labeled him and his supporters “racist”?

    The black people who have dealt with Trump professionally and personally don’t seem to have that opinion of him. And why would anyone presume MAGA means going back to segregation and inequality under the law? That cat is out of the bag. Anyone who thinks they can turn back the clock on such matters is on a fool’s errand.

    How convenient that the “resist” movement and the GOPe are preventing him from realizing his agenda. That way they can say, “Look at the damage we prevented Trump from doing,” with absolutely no proof that Trump’s agenda would have been the disaster they will claim they helped to avoid.

      YellowSnake in reply to DaveGinOly. | August 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      1st of all, we don’t know what all the black people who have dealt with Trump professionally and personally think. Maybe some of them rolled their eyes and taken the money. Some may have walked away. Trump has a policy of requiring anyone dealing with him to sign an NDA; and he is litigious. So who knows?

      Besides, what he does personally is certainly not the only measure. He is a public figure and in government. He has a documented history of discriminating in rental housing. His prejudices and ignorance affect more than those he deals with personally.

      We also know that he was hyperbolic about the ‘Central Park 5’ and continues to refuse to admit he was wrong. Can you name me a similar case involving white criminals where he took out full page ads? Don’t tell me there have been no atrocious acts by white people. Some of those acts have been vicious assaults on blacks. Where were his ads?

      The Central Park Jogger case involved an atrocious act, but by the DNA, timeline and the admissions of the perpetrator, the Central Park 5 simply were not there. Trump still maintains they were guilty of ‘something’. As far as I know there is not statute on the books for the crime of ‘something’.

      Is he racist? The term has been so degraded, by everyone, that it is close to meaningless. Is he a bigot? Beyond doubt.

      BTW, I did not use the word ‘racist’. I am merely suggesting, as William Burroughs put it in Naked Lunch – that there be a frozen moment when each person looks at what is on the end of his fork. You ready to look, or do you just want to blame everything on liberals?

      For instance, I know liberals had nothing to do with the Ludlow Massacre. It has nothing to do with Trump, but a lot to do with the history of this country. That is why I was advocating for an honest, unexpurgated look. But you are determined by your ideological blindness to see everything though a distorted lens – or simply not see what you don’t want to see.

Humphrey's Executor | August 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

They should replace it with an image of some simpleton defacing a stone image.

Matt_SE: Thanks for mentioning that case. In this article ( I found a reference to Ricci v. DeStefano, ( which is also quite interesting.

This, in turn, led me to Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 ( This could go on forever.

Placing government in charge of providing education (totally in the case of public schools, and almost totally in the case of higher education) was and is a recipe for disaster.

Although there are a few bright, shining exceptions, most universities are corrupted with leftism. However, I’m not fond of standardized tests. I think apprenticeship is better. I also think we will see an increase in the number of schools devoted to STEM.

The root cause of this mess is the sin nature of man:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

I believe the only real solution is making better people through the Gospel of Jesus, one person at a time.

Finally, freedom (properly understood) is better than justice (i.e. equality).

    Matt_SE in reply to gibbie. | August 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    The fact that corporations turned to the circuitous route of using degrees as proxies is proof of their need for testing of *some* sort.

    They need to be able to evaluate someone in ONE HOUR, or at least their potential. Evaluating the applicant’s social skills is the purpose of an in-person follow-up.

    Large companies are not going to take a chance of internships for large numbers of people, sight unseen.

    Anonamom in reply to gibbie. | August 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

    “Placing government in charge of providing education (totally in the case of public schools, and almost totally in the case of higher education) was and is a recipe for disaster.”


4th armored div | August 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

the Fakestinization of Yale –
didn’t Moooslimbs discover the ‘new world’ as well as everything before 637 CE ?

So Muslims beat Columbus to America? They had better get in line | World news

    You mean 637 AD don’t know?

      4th armored div in reply to 02sbxstr. | August 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      BCE (Before Common Era) and BC (Before Christ) mean the same thing- previous to year 1 CE (Common Era). This is the same as the year AD 1 (Anno Domini); the latter means “in the year of the lord,” often translated as “in the year of our lord.”

      not everyone is Christian.

        Not everyone is a superpower. In the future, maybe we’ll move to a Chinese calendar, but not for now.

          Milhouse in reply to Matt_SE. | August 13, 2017 at 12:18 am

          What has the Chinese calendar got to do with it? The point is that the whole world does not belong to your peculiar religion, and does not date things by the year of your lord. Your efforts to impose your sectarian calendar on everyone else is exactly the same as trying to impose the Moslem or Chinese calendar on everyone.

          Milhouse in reply to Matt_SE. | August 13, 2017 at 12:20 am

          There are no Xian superpowers. The USA was founded with the specific declaration that it was not to be Xian, or anything else.

          gibbie in reply to Matt_SE. | August 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm

          The myth of religious neutrality is strong with the Millhouse.

come on guys because it’s Yale you’ve all suddenly forgotten how to recognize an Assault Musket??

“What do you mean we oppressed the natives? All the historical evidence indicates we were unarmed.”


Millhouse: America not founded as Christian

Sure. If you pretend that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Patrick Henry were not founding fathers. Maybe you missed scrubbing their quotes about it out?

Also, try to have a little respect. It takes little effort to type out Christian instead of Xian. 4 extra letters. Refusing to do so makes you appear biased and petty and undermines whatever decent points you make.

And spoiler: I’m not Christian. If I can do it, so can you. I bet you toil over the cumbersome “African-American” instead of “black”. You should consider extending the same courtesy here. Otherwise, you look hypocritical. Thanks.

As a child, I assumed that “Happy Holidays” was meant to include the celebration of the New Year. I still think that’s what it originally meant. I don’t know what it means now.

War is Peace,,,

Freedom is Slavery…

Ignorance is Strength.

Actually, the bolder represents a stone wall of separation between the White Folk and the Red Folk — you know, kind of like the current penchant for Black Folk making sure that they’re carefully segregated from While Folk nowadays.

First attempt to insert racial identify and Balkanization politics into American history.

Yale, Yale, the PC gang’s all here….