The removal of artworks commemorating individuals the Left find objectionable has risen to a cottage industry over the past eight years. For example, the English department at the University of Pennsylvania recently caved to student demands that the portrait of a non-inclusive author be removed in favor of a photograph of a relatively obscure black lesbian. The name of the writer who image was eighty-sixed? William Shakespeare.
In one of the most extreme cases, it wasn’t a statuary likeness but the actual corporeal remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest that were removed from a city park in Memphis — along with those of the general’s wife.
With all this fascination with historical cleansing, it seems counterintuitive that a university would add a sculpture celebrating an unsavory figure. Then again, unsavoriness is in the eye of the beholder. And if the beholder is a social justice warrior enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C., and the figure is Leonard Peltier, then bring on the tributes.
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Who, you ask, is Leonard Peltier? Campus Reform has the answer:
Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist, was convicted for the murder of two FBI agents in 1977, when he was involved in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation, fled the scene, and was put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list. In the years following, he gave several conflicting alibis as to his whereabouts on the morning of the shootout.