“These murals were a snapshot in time, but the images no longer represent who we are today and where we are going in the future”
The people who are doing this must know they are judging the past by the standards of today. Which would mean they are intentionally trying to erase the past. It’s sickening.
Campus Reform reports:
University of Rhode Island to remove murals commemorating WWII veterans for lack of diversity
The University of Rhode Island announced on Thursday its plans to remove several, almost seventy-year old murals from its student union for their lack of diversity.
The murals depict many unique scenes, including servicemen returning after the war, a class reunion, a university commencement ceremony, a beach scene, and students in a jalopy dressed in letter sweaters.
Arthur Sherman, one of those returning veterans and a member of the university’s class of 1950, painted the murals. He was asked to do so by the university in 1953 as the student union was being constructed. Dedicated in 1954, the “Memorial Union” was constructed with funds raised by returning veterans and local community members.
URI’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Kathy Collins, defended the decision, citing concerns over the murals’ impact on students of color.
“I have received complaints about the murals that portray a very homogeneous population predominately the persons painted and depicted on the wall are predominantly white and that does not represent who our institution is today,” Collins told CBS 12. “Some of our students have even shared with us they didn’t feel comfortable sitting in that space.”
Collins also commented on Arthur Sherman and his contributions to the university.
“These murals were a snapshot in time, but the images no longer represent who we are today and where we are going in the future,” said Collins. “We appreciate Dr. Sherman’s love of URI and his ability to capture that time period. We honor his military service, his athletic accomplishments and his dedicated teaching at URI. When we complete the renovations, we will invite the Sherman family to the ceremonies to thank them for their contributions to the University.”
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