Black Art > Black Bodies

What a decision by the University of Pennsylvania. In what can be seen as easily the most contested and contentious decision by the University over the past week, I think the messaging is clear. Black art > Black bodies. Rather than addressing any material or systemic change, the University has plopped a statue of a Black woman in the middle of Locust Walk. I understand the funds needed have come from donors, but it falls in line with a history of physical, spatial, and racial violence and half-assed symbolic apologies typical of the institution.

Here’s the Penn Today Article.


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