Until now, most student demands to remove statues on campus were directed at those related to the Confederacy. But a student group at Brown University aims at two Roman statues (“Brown University students want Roman statues removed because they promote ‘white supremacy,’ “the collegefix.com, Oct. 28).
It’s hard to understand why they believe the two statues represent white supremacy and colonialism. Roman Emperors Caesar Augustus and Marcus Aurelius were commissioned by the university as monuments to ancient Rome. They were chosen for their artistic value.
The fact is that every statue reflects ideals and values that by today’s zeitgeist are controversial. Rather than trying to topple them, college students should view them as historical figures.
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