Indiana University is rejecting demands for the removal of a depiction of the Ku Klux Klan from a mural located on campus, claiming that it represents history. Administrators at Indiana University have decided to keep a controversial section of a mural that depicts the Ku Klux Klan after a petition to have it removed garnered over 1,000 signatures. “This petition requests the removal of the 9th panel to foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students and faculty at Indiana University as these are in fact modern depictions and not just depictions of a historical time in Indiana,” the petition reads. The section, which is a part of a 22-panel mural painted by 20th-century artist Thomas Hart Benton, depicts members of the Ku Klux Klan and a burning cross. The mural was painted for the 1933 World’s Fair and included images of the Ku Klux Klan to “show all aspects” of the state’s history.
And that’s the bottom line. History is what happened; NOT what we wish had happened. And, this nauseating effort by many liberal activists and politicians on BOTH sides of the political aisle to white-wash our history is not only ridiculous. It’s destructive. Those who have a problem with the fact that yes, we had slavery at one point in our past need to get the heck over it and move on.. Kudos to the administration at Indian Univ for not caving in, and standing up to the pc police and the fascist speech Nazis.