Let’s see what we have today…
1. Oh. The art made some people uncomfortable. Well that’s a good reason to destroy it… Vermont Law School is going to paint over a mural in its student center that celebrates Vermont’s role in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement. Several students and alumni had recently objected to its depictions of African Americans and said it made some people uncomfortable.
VLS President and Dean Thomas McHenry said in a campus-wide email last week that the mural in the Chase Community Center painted by Vermont-based artist Sam Kerson in 1993 had to go because “the depictions of the African-Americans on the mural are offensive to many in our community and, upon reflection and consultation, we have determined that the mural is not consistent with our School’s commitment to fairness, inclusion, diversity, and social justice. Accordingly, we have decided to paint over the mural.”
Translation: ‘Some of our African American students and alumni as well as supporters of the George Floyd Freakout thought this was an ideal time to show what they could do by crying “racism” in an institution that could be counted upon to cave to just about any demands in order to avoid being called “unwoke” and be swarmed by social media mobs. And they were right!’
The mural is titled “The Underground Railroad, Vermont and the Fugitive Slave” and has two 8-by-24-foot panels, with four scenes in each panel intended to“celebrate the efforts of black and white Americans in Vermont and throughout the United States to achieve freedom and justice,” the artist’s website says.
The first panel includes half-naked Africans being forced into slavery and sold at auction, as well as resistance symbolized, in part, by “the resurgence of African culture via drums, masks and costumes.”
The second panel includes images of John Brown, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as a scene where a blonde Vermont woman tries to block the view of a bounty hunter bearing down on fugitives trying to escape slavery on the Underground Railroad. Here it is…
VLS students Jameson Davis and April Urbanowski resembled yahoos at a modern art exhibit complaining that “them dang Picasso people look like freaks!,” writing “One issue of many, is the fact that the depictions of Black people are completely inaccurate. Regardless of what story is being told over-exaggerating Black features is not OK and should not be tolerated.”
The artist is not happy. “This is a monument to abolition in Vermont and a description of the people who struggled against slavery, and it is important to our culture,” Kerson said of his mural. “To paint it over is outlandish — it’s like burning books. It’s so inflammatory, I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”
Forget it, Sam. It’s George Floyd Freakout Town…
2. Speaking of demands, what are the odds Princeton shows a spine?
3. Warning to professional sports teams: People care about sports because it has nothing to do with the rest of the world and human conflicts. Politicizing sport is incompetent and irresponsible. Nobody wants to see athletes grandstanding about “social justice” during games, because… A. There is no reason to care what they think more than one would care about the local 7-11 clerk’s views, because their public policy acumen is not why they are prominent public figures, B. Sports should be a unifying force in communities, and forcing political views on fans and spectators is divisive and obnoxious. C. The need for sports to unite us now is more stark than ever—so, of course, the NBA and the NFL have caved to its employees’ demands, and fans of those two leagues will now be subjected to propaganda all season long.
Now comes the WNBA, a dubious league to begin with, whose players are peeved with Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler (yes, the Georgia U.S. Senator) because she vocally opposes the league’s announcement that its upcoming season would be “dedicated to social justice with games honoring the Black Lives Matter movement.” She’s right, and the WNBA is wrong.
“The truth is, we need less — not more politics in sports. In a time when polarizing politics is as divisive as ever, sports has the power to be a unifying antidote,” Loeffler wrote. She added, “I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country.”
That’s a fair assessment of BLM.
Naturally, the predictable occurred. The players union posted on Twitter, “E-N-O-U-G-H! O-U-T!” in reference to Loeffler. The WNBA commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, spat out a statement reaffirming the league’s commitment to “vigorously advocate for social justice.” The women’s pro basket ball league should advocate for women’s basketball. In its own emailed statement, the Dream said, “The Atlanta Dream is not a political entity — we are in the business of sports and entertainment. The Dream players and staff are focused on building a successful team on the court, winning games and creating a second-to-none fan experience.”