Shakespeare portrait removed to promote diversity Because exclusion is the new inclusion
Students at the University of Pennsylvania have removed a portrait of Shakespeare from its Fisher-Bennett Hall and have replaced it with a picture of a black lesbian poet Audre Lorde in the name of “diversity.”The most obvious question is this. Why not add the portrait of Lorde, rather than replacing Shakespeare? I mean Shakespeare is one of the most important literary figures in history after all. The answer, of course, is that this is not about diversity at all. It is about payback for all those “oppressed” students who are bitter, angry, and bigoted. It is also about racism. Shakespeare was White, so he is bad. Really these students are no different than any other bunch of racist buffoons are they? They are ignorant, hateful, and wish to force their views on others.
Perhaps more upsetting is the reaction of fellow students at UPenn and an English professor, who were all thrilled at this act of “inclusion”
Penn English professor and Department Chair Jed Esty was surprised to find a large portrait of William Shakespeare waiting in his office.Now imagine, imagine an English professor reacting with apparent glee that Shakespeare is outta there!
“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 wrote in the email. He added that the image of Lorde will remain until the department reaches a decision about what to do with the space.Good Grief! There is nothing “inclusive” about their action. Adding a portrait, picture, whatever of Lorde and keeping the Shakespeare portrait would be inclusive. Now, consider what some students said