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University of Iowa Spends $1 Million Cleaning Up Black Lives Matter Graffiti

University of Iowa Spends $1 Million Cleaning Up Black Lives Matter Graffiti

“Meanwhile, the university expects a $100 million revenue loss and a budget deficit as large as $75 million due to the cancellation of fall sports.”

Many schools, including this one, are going through massive financial troubles due to the pandemic. How does this help?

Campus Reform reports:

U of Iowa pays $1 million to cover BLM graffiti, will save pics to lift ‘voices of marginalized people’

Black Lives Matter protesters covered several University of Iowa buildings with spray-painted slogans in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The University of Iowa spent $1 million to repair the buildings, but will curate pictures of the graffiti to uplift “the voices of marginalized people.”

According to the university’s Office of Strategic Communication, protesters painted phrases like “BLM” and “F12” on roughly two dozen buildings, as well as sidewalks, artwork, retaining walls, plaques, and benches. The university announced the $1 million cleanup project after Iowa Freedom Rider protesters promised to stop using spray paint on the campus’s property, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Meanwhile, the university expects a $100 million revenue loss and a budget deficit as large as $75 million due to the cancellation of fall sports.

Among the damaged buildings is the Old Capitol, which was built between 1839 and 1842 to serve as Iowa’s first state capitol. Today, it hosts a museum and serves as the University of Iowa’s centerpiece. The Office of Strategic Communication’s press release shows an image of the historic building covered on all sides with graffiti.

Rod Lehnertz, senior vice president for finance and operations at the university explained in the press release that the chemicals in the spray paint could cause significant damage to the building.

One former student, who asked to remain anonymous, was devastated to see the damage since the Old Capitol is a symbol of the university and the state of Iowa.

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I think they should have left it. Make sure that alumni and taxpayers know what they are supporting.

Obviously, the scribblers aren’t going to be dissuaded when told how much it costs to clean up after their vandalism — because they intended it to be a permanent marker staking their claim to be the new owners of that turf.

Just like my dog who, when she sees another dog peeing on a bush, will immediately run over and replace that marker with her own.

When it costs millions to scrub off the graffiti but only a couple of dollars to buy* some cans of spraypaint and tag the buildings, statues, and whatnot again, guess who’s going to win this 4GW war for territory?

(* Or none at all if the paint is shoplifted.)

Why clean it up? You fools coddle and therefore encourage these neo-Marxist BLM twats. You support their idiotic shit? Then wallow in it.

    CorkyAgain in reply to Paul. | September 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Indeed. The only way the university can win the turf war I described in my previous comment is to expel the invaders and take steps to keep them out. But they lack the political will and/or moral courage to do that.

    Simply cleaning up after them is a losing strategy.

“Voices of Marginalized People”? You mean the voices of the manual laborers who have to clean up the mess? No?

Not a big deal really. They can just see their ChiComm Comrades or their darling Mr.Soros for re-imbursement – easy!

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