“it is time for Notre Dame to remove its own version of a Confederate monument”
Left wing students clearly saw an opportunity to advance their agenda here but the school isn’t biting. Good for them.
The New York Post reported:
Notre Dame students want to rid school of Christopher Columbus murals
The Fighting Irish have a bone to pick with Christopher Columbus.
Notre Dame students are calling for the removal of 12 iconic murals, which honor the famous explorer and have been on campus since 1884.
The students have reportedly teamed up with alumni, faculty and staff in an effort to get rid of the 19th Century paintings.
“In this era of political divisiveness and a renewed rise of dangerous nationalism, it is time for Notre Dame to remove its own version of a Confederate monument,” the group wrote in an open letter last week that was published in the school newspaper, the Observer.
“It is time for the murals to go.”
The letter was sent to university president John Jenkins and accompanied by more than 340 signatures. Many of those who signed it were Native American and chose to list their tribe.
“The 12 Luigi Gregori murals have adorned the main hall of Main Building for over 130 years, greeting millions of campus residents and visitors with a highly problematic vision of Western triumphalism, Catholic militarism and an overly romantic notion of American expansion,” the letter said, referencing the Italian artist and Notre Dame professor who painted the murals…
Despite the outrage, Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown insists that the murals aren’t going anywhere.
“No plans to remove them,” he told the IndyStar. “To try to remove them would in all likelihood destroy them.”
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