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Over 120 Prominent Artists and Scholars Call on NYC to Take Down Racist Monuments - Hypollergic

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Who appointed these would be commissary guardians of public taste or morals? 

Let's start with Sims, currently unfavorable because early medical case studies were not performed in a sensitive fashion. Some may find this hard to believe, but J. Marion Sims created the entire field of gynecology. At a time when women dying from childbirth was the norm, Sims' study in that field stopped that. Women we love were saved by advances in the field of gynecolgy, predominantly due to Sims and his practice.

Next Roosevelt; a President who actually earned and was awarded a Nobel peace prize. How does one do that? They stop a war that had existed between major powers Russia and Japan. December 1941 shows us in retrospect, that was extraordinary.

The koombayah crowd oooed and ahhhed over Obama, and you may re-call they gave him participation awards for absolutely nothing / nada / zip. His cowardice in the Iraq reconstruction gave us ISIS which is exactly the type of response these censors want, destroy anything inconvenient. Are they taking lessons from ISIS or the Taliban? What’s next, rip down Nelson's column in London? These people need to grow up and realise, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to look at it. It’s that simple.

columbus statue columbus circle 360x701The statue of Christopher Columbus atop the monument in Columbus Circle (photo by Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons)

The last figure, Columbus, who discovered the new world. How many of us would exist today if this had not happened? Imagine no America on June 6, 1944 - the Nazis would have won, where would we be now if that had happened? 

Their agenda is an agenda of wishful thinking.

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Today, more than 120 prominent scholars and artists have signed and sent a letter to the Commission — and shared it exclusively with Hyperallergic — calling for the removal of three monuments and two historic markers. The signatories include such well-known art historians as Ariella Azoulay, Claire Bishop, Lucy Lippard, Fred Moten, Deborah Willis, and Hal Foster, and artists, including Alicia Grullon, Jackson Polys, and Martha Rosler.

“These monuments are an affront in a city whose elected officials preach tolerance and equity,” the letter, which is included in full below, reads in part. “We encourage the Commission to seize this opportunity to make a brave, even monumental, gesture that will resonate for generations to come, rather than a politically expedient fix that will be easily absorbed — and quickly forgotten — by the status quo.”

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 Lead Image - "Columbus map", drawn c. 1490 in the Lisbon workshop of Bartolomeo and Christopher Columbus

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