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‘Art Crime’ Prof Offers Advice on How to More Easily Topple Monuments

‘Art Crime’ Prof Offers Advice on How to More Easily Topple Monuments

“use chain instead of rope”

In spite of all the crazy campus stories I’ve covered over the years, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that educators would offer advice on how to commit acts of destruction.

Campus Reform reports:

Prof offers advice on how to destroy monuments ‘faster’

Associate professor of art crime at John Jay College Erin Thompson praised the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue.

“As America’s only full-time professor of art crime,” according to Thompson’s website, she teaches “the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art.”

Thompson tweeted a reply to a video of protesters illegally pulling down a Christopher Columbus monument outside the Minnesota State Capitol earlier in June. In the original tweet to which Thompson replied, protesters who were reported to have been part of the American Indian Movement were seen tying the statue up with rope.

In response, Thompson recommended a more efficient way to remove the statue based on her study of “the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage.” Thompson instructed the protestors to “use chain instead of rope” because it will disassemble the statue “faster.”


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