A New York Metropolis university professor has instructed protesters to use a chain alternatively of rope to topple statues “faster.”
Erin Thompson, an assistant professor of art crime at CUNY’s John Jay School of Legal Justice in Manhattan, responded to the imminent destruction of a Christopher Columbus statue at the Minnesota Point out Capitol on June 10 with her individual suggestions:
“I’m a professor who studies the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage and I just have to say… use chain alternatively of rope and it’ll go speedier,” Thompson informed her 12,500 Twitter followers.
In the similar thread, Thompson connected to University of Alabama archaeologist Sarah Parcak for a specific “breakdown of how to dismantle racist statues,” or as Parcak set it “remove an obelisk” that “might be masquerading as a racist monument.”
On June 14, Thompson gave an job interview to a British Television discuss demonstrate on the topic: “Why statues are targets in the international anti-racism movement. What does it signify to tear down a statue? And why do we put them up in the 1st put?”
In her bio on the John Jay website, Thompson suggests: “As America’s only entire-time professor of art crime, I examine the destruction done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of artwork.”
It’s not Thompson’s 1st brush with controversy. In 2017, she aided curate a controversial show and sale of artwork created by suspected al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
A CUNY spokesman explained he would look into the matter right before commenting.