Yale University will soon stop offering “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present,” a highly popular art class, because the artists studied are “overwhelmingly white, straight” Europeans. The course’s instructor, Tim Barringer, said that, while he saw value in all the subjects and objects studied in the class, the focus on white European art was “problematic.” He noted, “I don’t mistake a history of European painting for the history of all art in all places.” That’s good to know, but the class wasn’t titled, “The History of All Art in All Places.” In an apparent attempt to atone for previously studying bigoted hacks such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael, the last of these classes will question the very idea of Western art before going the way of its subjects.
Groupthink being a hallmark of progressive dogma, look for other Ivy League schools to announce they are dropping classes on Greek and Roman classics, Western civilization in general, World War I, and the Protestant Reformation. Also, I would expect Columbia and Brown to ban the use of the English language on campus in the very near future.
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