“Idiots!”…That’s the first comment at Yale Alumni magazine on twitter under the proud announcement of the removal of a musket from a stone carving…We couldn’t agree more with the commenter…Idiots for sure!

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Yale Alumni Magazine provided a blurb entitled “Disarmament” to explain why they felt it necessary to remove/hide/disfigure a stone carving of a Puritan pointing a musket at a Native American: “Was not Appropriate”…

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YALE ALUMNI MAGAZINE:

If you were especially observant during your years on campus, you may have noticed a stone carving by the York Street entrance to Sterling Memorial Library that depict a hostile encounter: a Puritan pointing a musket at a Native American (top). When the library decided to reopen the long-disused entrance as the front door of the new Center for Teaching and Learning, says head librarian Susan Gibbons, she and the university’s Committee on Art in Public Spaces decided the carving’s “presence at a major entrance to Sterling was not appropriate.” The Puritan’s musket was covered over with a layer of stone (bottom) that Gibbons says can be removed in the future without damaging the original carving.


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