The University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) is moving two historic paintings out of the public’s view after the school’s Diversity Leadership Team (DLT) warned they could be psychologically devastating for American Indian students.
Two large murals by Cal Peters-
portraying early Wisconsin history- have graced the common area of the
university’s Harvey Hall since 1936. One mural
shows French fur traders and American Indians traveling down the Red Cedar
River by canoe, the other portrays a wooden fort constructed by the French. Neither
painting shows any violence at all, indeed the former reveals cooperation.
But that doesn’t matter anymore
now, nor does the history, beauty or excellence of the paintings. The only
thing that matters is that, in the opinion of the Diversity Leadership Team
(DLT), somebody could possibly find them offensive.
After 80 years they have been
evicted, excluded, and disrespected.
It seems no one can see the big