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Students disserviced by the censorship of historic artwork: op-ed

A recent op-ed in the Washington Examiner accuses higher education institutions of “not doing their students any favors” by covering up or censoring historical artwork deemed “controversial.”

Published Tuesday, The Examiner’s Madeline Fry weighed in on recent information uncovered by The College Fix regarding a carving of a Native American and a Puritan outside the Yale library, as well as the covering up of a painting at George Washington High School in San Francisco.

From the op-ed:

Yale’s decision is just one of many recent missteps in social justice-oriented art censorship, and a similar issue recently arose at a high school in San Francisco earlier this summer. Political correctness has come for a wall depicting George Washington’s life, which attempts to project realism by showing slaves as well as settlers standing over the body of a dead Native American man.

… Yale and George Washington High School in San Francisco may earn political points by covering up their past, but they’re not doing their students any favors. By acting as if racial tensions didn’t exist in the past, they limit our understanding to the scope of the present. As one Twitter user responded to Yale, “You can’t learn from the past if you erase it.”

Read the full column here.

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