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Petition at Chapman U. Calls for Removal of Busts of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

Petition at Chapman U. Calls for Removal of Busts of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

“petition suggests replacing the current busts with busts of Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, John Lewis, Cesar Chavez, James Baldwin, and Dolores Huerta”

There are some people in this movement who will not be satisfied until everyone but the left is erased from public view.

Campus Reform reports:

California students call to remove Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher busts

A petition at Chapman University calls for the removal of busts depicting Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and other prominent conservatives.

With more than 700 signatures, the petition demands that the university remove and replace the “problematic” conservative icon depictions.

“There are a handful of busts displayed around Chapman University’s campus that do not reflect the ideals of the University,” the petition reads. “In order to create a safer and more inclusive environment for Chapman’s marginalized students and community, we feel the busts of Ronald Reagan, Albert Schweitzer, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand need to be removed and replaced.”

“During these times of reckoning with serious injustice in the U.S. we are asking for your support and for the Chapman Administration to hear our demands,” the petition continues. It goes on to include a letter that will be sent to the university’s administration “once this petition has been shared enough.”

The letter states, in part, “While some believe the removal of busts and statues equates to erasing history and hiding past mistakes, we believe their removal provides opportunity for deeper understanding and engagement in history. We believe the removal provides not only a display of allyship but also a hopeful opportunity for educating students on the ways these historical figures abused their power to mistreat others.”

“[W]e hope this transforms into an opportunity to recognize our history and the ways certain historical figures have abused their power at the expense of marginalized groups,” the letter concludes.

The petition suggests replacing the current busts with busts of Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, John Lewis, Cesar Chavez, James Baldwin, and Dolores Huerta.

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The Friendly Grizzly | August 6, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Dear Petitioners:

No.

-signed- Dean T F Grizzly

I would add a PS to the note from Dean T. F. Grizzly (an imaginary administrator with a backbone):

This school is run by the administration and faculty, and is not going to cater to the most recent whims of the students.

If you don’t like the way we teach here, we will be glad to forward your transcript to another school. If you engage in criminal acts of vandalism here, you will be prosecuted and expelled, and your transcript will be shredded. Your choice.

Chapman University isn’t exactly a well known school. Maybe there’s a reason.

Will Chapman be one of those small liberal arts schools that will go broke in the next couple of years? We will see.
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