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Students at U. Oregon Demand Removal of ‘White Supremacist’ Pioneer Statue

Students at U. Oregon Demand Removal of ‘White Supremacist’ Pioneer Statue

“as the 100-year anniversary of the statue arrives”

Remember when the left insisted this sort of thing was only about Confederate statues? They lied.

The College Fix reports:

Pioneer statue called ‘monument to violent white supremacy,’ students, faculty demand its removal

In celebration of Oregon’s roots in pioneering, a statue of a pioneer, known simply as “The Pioneer,” was erected a century ago at the University of Oregon. And now, as the 100-year anniversary of the statue arrives, some in the campus community demand it be removed.

The Pioneer was the focus of a recent protest, at which dozens of students and faculty and others called for its removal and circulated a petition demanding as much, NPR Oregon reported.

Some of the protesters held signs stating things such as “whose history does UO honor” and “Who is the pioneer? It was evident that killing ‘Injuns’ was not a very unnatural happening.”

Some see the statue as a celebration of colonialism.

“A monument is a celebration. … So, to me, it feels very similar to the confederate monuments that speckled a large part of the rest of the country,” history doctoral candidate Marc Carpenter, who researched the statue’s history, recently told the Daily Emerald.

“It’s a monument to violence and white supremacy, and I don’t think those are values that we want to have as a community,” he said.

He echoed those sentiments in a recent statement to The College Fix. He said he believes that the statue should be removed from campus due to “the values it depicts.”

“‘The Pioneer’ is a monument to violent white supremacy, and as such it should not have a place of honor at a university striving to be inclusive, diverse, and just,” he said.


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