Students at the University of Pennsylvania have removed a portrait of Shakespeare from its Fisher-Bennett Hall and have replaced it with a picture of a black lesbian poet Audre Lorde in the name of “diversity.”
The most obvious question is this. Why not add the portrait of Lorde, rather than replacing Shakespeare? I mean Shakespeare is one of the most important literary figures in history after all. The answer, of course, is that this is not about diversity at all. It is about payback for all those “oppressed” students who are bitter, angry, and bigoted. It is also about racism. Shakespeare was White, so he is bad. Really these students are no different than any other bunch of racist buffoons are they? They are ignorant, hateful, and wish to force their views on others.
Perhaps more upsetting is the reaction of fellow students at UPenn and an English professor, who were all thrilled at this act of “inclusion”
Penn English professor and Department Chair Jed Esty was surprised to find a large portrait of William Shakespeare waiting in his office.
Now imagine, imagine an English professor reacting with apparent glee that Shakespeare is outta there!
“Students removed the Shakespeare portrait and delivered it to my office as a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department,” Esty wrote in the email. He added that the image of Lorde will remain until the department reaches a decision about what to do with the space.
Good Grief! There is nothing “inclusive” about their action. Adding a portrait, picture, whatever of Lorde and keeping the Shakespeare portrait would be inclusive. Now, consider what some students said
College sophomore and English major Katherine Kvellestad commended the students’ action. She said the choice of replacing the original portrait with one of Audre Lorde sends a positive message.
“You don’t necessarily need to have a portrait of Shakespeare up,” Kvellestad said. “He’s pretty iconic.”
Well, thanks for those deep thoughts Katherine. I wonder if she ever considers if simply removing Shakespeare might not be the last step. Perhaps his writing ought to be removed too? After all, diversity!
College junior Mike Benz, also an English major, agreed. He said that he thought the students’ action was bold and admirable, adding that the students acted in a positive way by taking matters into their own hands.
“It is a cool example of culture jamming,” Benz said.
Bold? Admirable? What planet is this buffoon residing on? What is bold about removing a literary legend? But, Shakespeare was like Western dudes, and all European, so, he has to go because CULTURE JAMMING! And, yes, by the way culture jamming is, of course, more of the social justice warrior garbage
Yes, that is so much more important than educating English majors. What is next? Perhaps those majoring in music should stop studying Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and other composers? After all, those were a bunch of White Europeans right? Certainly they should be excluded too!