The news is that the library staff where these were on exhibition said “someone complained and they are gone.” When Cornell was questioned, they said it was on temporary exhibition since 2013. On temporary exhibition for 9 years, apparently.
“Someone complained and they are gone.”
You might remember that a statue of Lincoln was also subjected to removal due to the depiction of a freed slave, finally freed and wearing a loincloth, kneeling at Lincoln’s feet. Not sure that students felt a freed slave would have been wearing a top hat and tuxedo when he was freed, but it would seem to me that a statue depicting freedom might have been rejoiced over (as it probably was at one time, since the Black community had the statue built) and kept there as a reminder of how very far our Black community has come.
I wonder what would have happened a few years ago if, when these removals of our founding fathers and those important to our history in very positive ways started happening (you all know Lincoln is not the first nor will he be the last), had Americans had the guts back then to say:
“Are you KIDDING? No, we aren’t removing that statue and neither are you,” and posting guards around it day and night, if they had to.
I think SAYING “NO” is a good thing. How much better we might be had we had the guts when all of this first started, and I don’t just mean problems with statues.