A World War 2 mural painted in 1954 has been taken down at the University of Rhode Island after students complained that the memorial lacked “diversity.”
According to CBS 12 “The murals depict servicemen returning to Kingston, a class reunion, URI commencement, a South County beach scene, and students piled into a jalopy wearing letter sweaters.”
The mural was completed by Arthur “Art” Sherman, a veteran of the class of 1950 who is now 95 years.
He said “Oh, I loved painting that, yeah,” he added “I never had any formal education in painting by the way I just used to cartoon.”
Sherman explained “Well, it depicted that era. A lot of students, friends of mine, would come by and say why don’t you do this, why don’t you do that so that’s what I did so everybody chipped in.”
The mural had been left untouched for nearly 70 years, until now.
The “Woke” culture of young people has resulted in a piece of history being removed.
Kathy Collins, Vice President of Student Affairs for the University explained that the mural made some students feel uncomfortable.
“I have received complaints about the murals that portray a very homogeneous population predominately the persons painted and depicted on the wall are predominantly white and that does not represent who our institution is today,” Colins said.
“Some of our students have even shared with us they didn’t feel comfortable sitting in that space,” she added.