What does it say about the state of America, traditional American values, and the American university system when university students are demanding that statues of Roman Emperors Caesar Augustus and Marcus Aurelius (statue in the above photo) be torn down because, according to the students, the statues represent white supremacy and colonialism?
Do these students even realize that Marcus Aurelius is one of the greatest philosophers the world has ever known and his words are studied and admired by people of all cultures?
Are we living in an age when all vestiges of the past that offend one special interest group or another must be eliminated?
“A Brown University student group, Decolonization at Brown, wants the school to remove two Roman statues displayed on campus, claiming the statues represent white supremacy and colonialism,” according to The College Fix.
“The student group at the Ivy League university in Rhode Island has lobbied the school’s Undergraduate Council of Students to support its initiative to remove of statues of Roman Emperors Caesar Augustus and Marcus Aurelius.
“Removing the statues “is one step in a broader project of decolonization by confronting Brown’s institutional and ideological legacies of colonialism and white supremacy,” members of the group wrote in The Blognonian, a student publication at the university…
“Junaid Malik, a leader in the effort, said, according to the student paper: ‘For those of us who come from countries that were also colonized, these statues carry the symbolism of conquest, one that we think is incompatible with the continued occupation of Indigenous land in the U.S.'”
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