Not even architecture is immune from ire of Social Justice Warriors

  • A New York school is hosting a lecture on the "infrastructure of whiteness."
  • The focus of the event will be on how buildings can "sustain regimes of segregation."
  • The talk comes as statues and murals have recently become targets of SJWs.

The Cooper Union, a Manhattan art school, is set to host a lecture called the “The Space of Appearance: Infrastructures of Whiteness” with guest Nicholas Mirzoeff, a Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at nearby New York University. 

The event’s description notes that in the lecture, Mirzoeff will examine how “museums, monuments, and formal spaces of incarceration interact to sustain regimes of segregation, taking examples ranging from Danish refugee detention centers to the American Museum of Natural History, Rhodes Must Fall, and the Great March of Return in Gaza.” On his website, Mirzoeff calls himself a “visual activist."

“museums, monuments, and formal spaces of incarceration interact to sustain regimes of segregation..."   

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A syllabus for one of Mirzoeff’s classes, called “Decolonizing Media: Museums, Monuments, Universities” which was taught in 2018, summarizes the course in the following way, noting that there is a call for “decolonizing visuality” because of the need “to erase the pattern of classification, separation, and aestheticization these systems rely on. The workshop alternates study of racial capitalism and decolonial methodologies...”

This event doesn’t exist in isolation but is part of a push to remove art that students and administrators on college campuses find oppressive.

Last week, Campus Reform reported that the University of Notre Dame plans to cover up a mural of Christopher Columbus because of his treatment of Native Americans. At the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a group of several hundred protesters gathered together last August to tear down a Confederate statue, as reported by Campus Reform.

And, in 2017, Campus Reform  reported on a professor who claimed that white marble statues contribute to "white supremacist ideas."

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There is also a push to take a perspective of social justice into consideration while creating new art. A course being taught at Georgetown University this semester called “Social Justice Documentary Video” aims to instruct  students to "formulate and demonstrate ways through which documentary video can be used to meet social justice ends." 

Campus Reform  reported on the course during the fall 2018 semester, when it was first promoted to students.

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Victoria Snitsar | Campus Correspondent

Victoria Snitsar is a Kansas Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on college campuses for Campus Reform. She is a Senior at the University of Kansas, where she studies Communications and Political Science. On campus, Victoria has been involved with Student Senate, College Republicans, The Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board, and the Network of Enlightened Women.

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