These Liberal Students Just Made A Big Stand “In the Name of Diversity”

Another ridiculous act of liberal protest has taken place at the University level.

Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of William Shakespeare in lieu of a more “diverse” portrait of a black lesbian poet.

A group of activist students believed it was necessary to replace the portrait apparently due to the lack of diversity in the school.

The portrait of William Shakespeare was replaced by that of lesbian black poet, Audre Lord.

Interestingly enough, the elaborate and aesthetically pleasing painting of Shakespeare was replaced by a taped up photo of the poet.

The act was approved by English Department Head Jed Esty, who claims the photo will not be replaced with the original painting again.

The Daily Caller reports:

The portrait won’t be moved back, according to a statement from Esty, because as a white male, Shakespeare didn’t embody the value of diversity.


“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 told The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Years prior to the act, the English Department had voted to remove the portrait, yet no action was taken.

Now, Esty claims the Lorde photo will hang indefinitely until the department can figure out how to diversify itself more.

The Daily Caller reports:

“We invite everyone to join us in the task of critical thinking about the changing nature of authorship, the history of language, and the political life of symbols,” Esty said in a statement.

Some students actually praised the act of removing such an iconic contributor to English Literature.

The Daily Caller reports:

Junior English major Mike Benz praised the stunt of tearing down Shakespeare, telling the Pennsylvanian it was a “cool example of culture jamming,” and pushed back against the unwelcome dominance of European ideas in college curricula.

Diversity has become a major social issue in recent months, largely due to controversial groups such as Black Lives Matter causing disruptions in society due to their protests of “black oppression” and “diversification”.

Millennial students in particular have taken to contributing to the social issue, in ways some more harmful than others.

Though the removal of Shakespeare’s portrait is seemingly harmless, it represents a bigger issue – social justice warriors trying to blame aspects of society as being racist when they are not.

Should these acts of protest be allowed to continue?

Is diversity really such an issue that members of history need to be replaced by minority groups, due to their race?

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