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July 18, 2012

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Kent Schenkel

Ta-Nehisi Coates has a very interesting and thoughtful piece in the NYT today regarding removal of the statue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/opinion/coates-leave-the-paterno-statue.html?_r=1&hp

Jeffrey Harrison

I think it should stay. In fact, I'd PSU should be required to display in the most visibla area -- perhaps include it on their brochures. Maybe every University should have one outside its football stadium. Then again, maybe not.

Alfred Brophy

Kent,

Ta-Nehisi Coates' op-ed is terrific. It makes the point much better than me, that the statue is part of PSU's history and tells us something about their thinking at the time they put it up and it serves as a reminder of subsequent changes in interpretation as well. I like his use of the Ben Tillman statue on the South Carolina statehouse grounds. I blogged some about that at legal history blog years ago:
http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/ben-tillman-statue-in-south-carolina.html

Like Coates I think the Tillman statue should stay up, but I think the calculations there are somewhat different -- in part because a significant part of the community didn't have a say in the establishment of the statue in the first place.

Bill Turnier

I think it is interesting that Brown University is named after family that made it's money in slave trading and proudly bears the name. Of course, they came up with the money to found the institution.

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