They took down a Shakespeare portrait and added some feminist African writer because…diversity. Uhm, wouldn’t “diversity” be better served by just adding a portrait, rather than pulling Shakespeare off the wall?
Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a prominent location in the school’s English department after complaining that he did not represent a diverse range of writers.
In fact, the chair of the department confirmed in a statement that the portrait was stripped from the wall by his students as “a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department,” The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.
Additionally, Department Chair Jed Esty explained that the portrait was “delivered” to his office and replaced with a photograph of Audre Lorde, a celebrated African American feminist and author, in a move that was in intended to send a message to Esty, whose department agreed to replace the portrait several years ago.
Inmates are running the asylum. And parents are paying 50 grand a year for it.