Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a prominent location in the school’s English department after complaining that he did not represent a diverse range of writers.
In fact, the chair of the department confirmed in a statement that the portrait was stripped from the wall by his students as “a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department,” The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.
Additionally, Department Chair Jed Esty explained that the portrait was “delivered” to his office and replaced with a photograph of Audre Lorde, a celebrated African American feminist and author, in a move that was intended to send a message to Esty, whose department agreed to replace the portrait several years ago.
Esty went on to confirm that the portrait of Lorde will remain in Shakespeare’s place until he and his colleagues can reach an agreement on what to do next, announcing the establishment of a “working group” to help monitor the process.
Yes, the inmates truly are running the asylum but only because the people originally in charge made them even crazier in the first place.
The insane 1960s hippie leftovers who began hijacking academia in the 1970s have spent decades placing a premium on ideology and feelings rather than learning. They probably didn’t expect to be doing the bidding of the students they’re charged with educating. That’s because progressives aren’t very good at referencing somewhat recent history. If they’d only remembered how impertinent and emotional they were to kick this whole thing off, this would all make sense to them.
It is the height of stupidity to “white wash” William Shakespeare from a university English department and replace him with a no-name author who fulfills some social justice warrior rage fantasy that Gaia McTatts developed along with her mommy issues.
If the goal is to rush to the bottom and create a generation that not only lacks emotional fortitude but is also remarkably stupid, American higher education is currently on point.
If we would like to remain a great nation and not drown in a pool of weakness and ignorance, maybe the adults at universities should begin acting like adults again.
Some parents might want to get involved in the equation sooner or later, too.