“the project seeks to engage the campus community in a dialog about the legacy of Washington as an historical figure”
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The people who did this claim the tarp is part of an art installation. That’s ridiculous. We all know what’s going on here. This is a public university. It’s time to start demanding a cutoff of funds for behavior like this.
Campus Reform reports:
Faculty at Miami University cover up George Washington Statue
The statue of George Washington at Miami University in Ohio was covered with a tarp as part of a university-approved “art installation” aimed at the “problematic” views surrounding the nation’s first president.
The covering of George Washington is part of a project sponsored by the university’s architecture and interior design department titled “What’s up with George?” and is designed to engage the university community “in a series of conversations about race, racism, and the meaning of monuments in our nation,” according to a university spokesperson.
“What About George? is a series of temporary installations and engagements to be held in Miami University’s Alumni Hall throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Centered around the William Hubard statue of George Washington, which is located in the rotunda of Alumni Hall, the project seeks to engage the campus community in a dialog about the legacy of Washington as an historical figure, the legacy of his ideas, and the story of the statue itself,” the project’s website states.
The group states that George Washington has “difficult legacies” and that the statue “presents a complex relationship for students, staff, and faculty who are confronted with his image on a daily basis” because the university exists “in part because of an ordinance signed by Washington in 1795 after the Treaty of Greenville with the indigenous peoples of the area.”
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