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Post UK Universities Remove White Symbols
Created by John Eipper on 07/24/18 7:25 AM

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UK Universities Remove White Symbols (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 07/24/18 7:25 am)

My feelings toward England have always been mixed. I felt enmity at least until 26 October 1954, when Trieste was finally free. WAISers may remember my youthful idea to attack a British ship in November 1953.

But I also feel respect and admiration. Britain is a good nation both to fight against and to be friends with.

Lately I have very much appreciated the excellent WAIS posts of Nigel Jones. Someone may think that he is exasperating, but now I believe that he is almost politically correct.

In fact I am dismayed by what I have just read about the present situation in the UK.

In the past I already mentioned the existence of Sharia Courts, but today I found out that the Student Union of the University of Manchester has removed from an 1895 mural the verses of "If" by Rudyard Kipling and replaced them with a poem by Mary Angelou. She is an interesting person, but what the heck does she have to do with Great Britain?

From King's College in London, a painting of the the previous white principals has been removed in order not to offend non-whites (who in reality do not give a damn), while the SOAS Student Union voted to eliminate white philosophers from the curriculum. Finally at Oxford, some want to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes.

Frankly if they erected a statue of the "Butcher" Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, I do not see the point of removing Cecil Rhodes.

JE comments:  Nigel Jones and I are close friends in the virtual sense (we've never actually met), but "politically correct"?  Nigel certainly believes his politics are correct, but he would be the first to take exception to the PC epithet.

A mural brouhaha occurred at my Alma Mater, Dartmouth, in the 1980s, regarding the "Hovey Murals," which depicted the College's founder, Eleazar Wheelock, serving rum to a drunken horde of Native Americans.  During my student days the murals were hidden in the basement of Thayer dining hall.  I don't know if they are presently on display or not.

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