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From the New York Post:

City commissioner: Replace male statues in Central Park with women
By Julia Marsh September 16, 2019 | 8:04pm | Updated

The city’s monument “men” are in peril.

A member of the commission that oversees art and architecture on city property suggested Monday that instead of simply adding statues of historical female figures to Central Park, the panel yank out some of the male ones first.

“There are what, five or six [male] statues that I think could easily be replaced by individual statues of each of these women,” said Hank Willis Thomas, a painter who serves on the Public Design Commission, at a hearing at City Hall.

Thomas appeared to be specifically fingering statues including that of Scottish poet Robert Burns, in the park’s Literary Row, and the one of Christopher Columbus in the park, near the famed second one of the explorer in Columbus Circle, for removal.

“I don’t think that there are many people who will miss the Burns statue …”

After all, has anybody in the history of New York City ever sung a Robert Burns song?

What?

Oh …

Burns used to be admired as a Man of the Left for his pro-egalitarian poems like “A Man’s A Man For A’ That,” but being a Man of the Left these days is basically just being a Man and therefore Bad.

iSteve commenter Chris Handsome adds:

Not that this will shock the iSteve-tariate, but Ctrl+F reveals that the word “black” appears 35 times in Hank Willis Thomas’s Wikipedia entry. This is the genre of art that often literally consists of a black artist creating things that are black or, heaven forfend, white (or writing the word “black” several times). Our brilliant critics, who of course prioritize aesthetic merit over This Year politics, unanimously laud these searing commentaries on racism.

Some random samples:

“Thomas is the winner of the first ever Aperture West Book Prize for his monograph Pitch Blackness (November, 2008). His work has been featured in other publications including Reflections in Black (Norton, 2000).”

“In 2018, Thomas was accused of plagiarism by South African photographer Graeme Williams.[17] A photograph that Williams took in 1990 of black children in the foreground and white policemen in the background was modified by Thomas, removing colour from the background. The photograph was exhibited at the Johannesburg Art Fair, with an asking price of USD36000, without attribution or mention of Williams. Willis defended himself saying that what he had done was “akin to sampling, remixing”.”

 
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  1. Hhsiii says:

    That’s unbelievable. Burn’s night is also a pretty popular scotch drinking, haggis eating party every year.

  2. Kronos says:

    Get some fake historians involved. Claim that whoever’s statue is getting replaced was actually a closeted gay or trans. (The latter is actually preferable.) Turn the tables on them and place one group against another.

    I’d actually prefer a statue of Katelyn Jenner compared to Susan B. Anthony any day.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
  3. Jack D says:

    In case you were wondering, here’s Hank:

    There’s a statue of Frederick Douglas near Central Park. I don’t think that there are many people who will miss the Douglas statue … Whaddaya say, Hank?

    • Replies: @Ragno
  4. Not that this will shock the iSteve-tariate, but Ctrl+F reveals that the word “black” appears 35 times in Hank Willis Thomas’s Wikipedia entry. This is the genre of art that often literally consists of a black artist creating things that are black or, heaven forfend, white (or writing the word “black” several times). Our brilliant critics, who of course prioritize aesthetic merit over This Year politics, unanimously laud these searing commentaries on racism.

    Some random samples:

    “Thomas is the winner of the first ever Aperture West Book Prize for his monograph Pitch Blackness (November, 2008). His work has been featured in other publications including Reflections in Black (Norton, 2000).”

    “In 2018, Thomas was accused of plagiarism by South African photographer Graeme Williams.[17] A photograph that Williams took in 1990 of black children in the foreground and white policemen in the background was modified by Thomas, removing colour from the background. The photograph was exhibited at the Johannesburg Art Fair, with an asking price of USD36000, without attribution or mention of Williams. Willis defended himself saying that what he had done was “akin to sampling, remixing”.”

    • Replies: @Tusk
  5. Daniel H says:

    Hmmm. How to get old Bobby Burns out of a jam.

    Why, old Bobby was a veritable queer historian and artist. Documenting the lives, derring dos and shenanigans of queer Scots of his time.

    From Tam O’Shanter

    The Souter tauld his queerest stories;
    The landlord’s laugh was ready chorus:
    The storm without might rair and rustle,
    Tam did na mind the storm a whistle.

    This should be enough for Hank Willis Thomas to back off.

    • Replies: @BrokenSymmetry
  6. Gnocchi says:

    As the Peoples of Warmth stream north and equalize us with the equator, one would hope that their various resentment-driven cultural genocides were enlivened by some of that Global Southern charm we were promised. Senor Burns could well be the Diablo himself, but why wound his reputation with a slow-motion iconoclasm when you can set his soul on fire with a slanderous mambo?

    “It may not surprise you, but all of us despise you / Please die and fry in hell you rotten old white men…” – Tiny Duck

  7. Kronos says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Nope, the pants are too poofy.

    They’re also going to draw the wrong kind of attention with those boots as well.


    (I can’t tell if Ron McDonald tucked his pants into the boots or what.)

  8. Tiny Duck says:

    Maybe instead of worrying about statues white males should concentrated of finding a girl and having children

    Oh wait that’s what Black Men are for

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @anonymous
  9. Bluh-bluh bluh-bluh BLUUUUUHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  10. Jack D says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I don’t know why this is, but that statue reminds me of Mike Pence.

    • LOL: AnotherDad
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  11. istevefan says:

    All the cuckservatives sat back and told us that it was just the Confederate statues that would go. And besides, those rebels were democrats anyway, and we all know democrats are the real racists.

    Next they started to come for the Founders, but the cucks said it was only the slaveholders.

    Now they are going after Robert Burns, as well as Nobel Laureates on the wall of that medical school.

    It’s clear they are going after Europeans. They gave them the proverbial inch with the Confederates, now they want the mile. There is no negotiating with these people. They are in a racial war with us whether we acknowledge it or not.

  12. Whiskey says: • Website

    This is the inevitable result of the Civil Rights movement. It is what the goal was all along.

    There is no turning back. Statues now. Living White men later.

    In a multi racial multi cultural society your group is dead meat unless it scares the hell out of every other group.

  13. Willis defended himself saying that what he had done was “akin to sampling, remixing”.

    Recording artists who “sample” and “dub” pay the artists they sample from. At least those with a major label contract do.

    Borrow – beg = steal

    Hank was just too cheap to pay. Or channeling MLK.

  14. @Jack D

    LOL. Maybe Mike will pull some Black votes in 2020 then. Audacious Epigone shows improvements on that score for Trump: http://www.unz.com/anepigone/trumping-the-sailer-strategy/

  15. snorlax says:
    @syonredux

    Tom Yawkey got the unceremonious boot a couple year or two ago, hundreds of millions donated to cancer research notwithstanding. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yawkey_Way

  16. @Buzz Mohawk

    In the interests of Diversity and Inclusion and Equity and Cetera, when the proximity sensor is activated, a recording will play of John Derbyshire exclaiming “Black black black blackety black.”

    I think we’ve covered all the bases now, but further suggestions are welcome.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  17. Anonymous[277] • Disclaimer says:

    Broke: Statues of famous men in Central Park

    Woke: Statues of famous women in Central Park

    Bespoke: Statues of the Central Park 5 in Central Park

  18. SafeNow says:

    People and institutions that “refresh” valuable and worthy parts of the traditional canon are being vindictive, as punishment. And, when a narrow and dubious work is removed, it is replaced by someone else’s narrow, dubious work. We are suffering a sea change (The Tempest, of course). A positive anecdote: A woman I know who is here a few years from China reads Yeats and Eliot, quite voluntarily and enjoyably. There is hope.

  19. Shmendrix says:

    Remixes always credit the original artist; sampling, not so much.

  20. Thomas appeared to be specifically fingering statues including that of Scottish poet Robert Burns, in the park’s Literary Row, and the one of Christopher Columbus in the park, near the famed second one of the explorer in Columbus Circle, for removal.

    I have noticed the Robert Burns statue numerous times in Central Park’s Literary Row and it never occurred to me to remove his statue, but I am open to adding a statue of Tony Morrison on Literary Row. There is plenty of room.

    By the way, don’t tell anyone, but the northern half of Times Square features a statue of warrior priest Francis P. Duffy, who served in the Spanish American War and World War I, in front of an imposing Celtic Cross.

    For some reason, this hardcore Catholic badass in the middle of the theatre district has not yet been targeted for removal.

  21. Tusk says:
    @Chris Handsome

    He’s like a DJ of classical art with those remixing skills, where do I send the cheque?

  22. El Dato says:
    @syonredux

    Then HP Lovecraft

    Then how about a statue of Chtulhu. The Wokers are already mad, so they can look at one without ill effect.

    Also, via Putin’s democracy-eroding twitter digest:

    ‘When will it end?’ Twitter fumes after NYC official suggests replacing Central Park’s male statues with women

    This is far from the first time that there have been calls to alter Central Park so that it would be in compliance with politically correct standards. In June, actress Jessica Chastain posted a viral video highlighting the absence of female statues in Central Park, and half-jokingly suggested that a monument to Oprah should be erected.

  23. Anonymous[409] • Disclaimer says:

    “My Heart is in the Highlands, my Heart is not Here….”

  24. syonredux says:
    @Clifford Brown

    I have noticed the Robert Burns statue numerous times in Central Park’s Literary Row and it never occurred to me to remove his statue, but I am open to adding a statue of Tony Morrison on Literary Row. There is plenty of room.

    Given a choice, I’d rather add statues of two New Yorkers, Walt Whitman and James Fenimore Cooper….Of course, Cooper’s far too un-PC to be honored these days, but perhaps Whitman’s Gayness might outweigh his Whiteness…..

    • Replies: @Anon
  25. El Dato says:

    A statue of Robespierre would probably be pretty cool.

  26. Wilkey says:

    Why target Robert Burns? Perhaps something to do with the fact that Donald Trump’s mother was from Scotland.

    Of course the more *European* white men they remove from our history the more they succeed at separating America from its European roots. Robert Burns, being both white and British, is a double reminder that America is mostly (pretty much entirely) the offspring of European civilization.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
  27. J1234 says:

    Replace male statues in Central Park with women

    As long as they’re naked that’s OK.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  28. Willis defended himself saying that what he had done was “akin to sampling, remixing”.”

    Funny how all the “creative” types on the Left are actually drearily derivative.

    • Agree: sayless
  29. RobUK says:

    Spread a rumour that Burns was half-Irish. The Dems in New York would squash this man like a bug.

  30. Moses says:
    @istevefan

    They are in a racial war with us whether we acknowledge it or not.

    Indeed.

  31. Altai says:

    My favourite thing about supposed cosmopolitan intellectuals like Thomas is their inability to see a statue of a man in 16th-19th century European clothing and not get triggered. Doesn’t matter if it’s a statue of Robert Burns, the statue is reality about slavery.

  32. @istevefan

    I hate to sound like some commenters here, but some of the loudest “don’t worry, be happy about artwork removal” cucks consider themselves more Levantine than European.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  33. Ctrl+F reveals that the word “black” appears 35 times in Hank Willis Thomas’s Wikipedia entry

    Wokenites often have the same vocabulary glitch as the Smurfs.

  34. They can replace the statue of Hamilton with one of Lin-Manuel Miranda. And it’s only a matter of time befoe they put up a monument to the Central Park 5.

  35. bomag says:
    @syonredux

    This renaming/removal carries the vague promise that ethnic/racial/gender relations will improve after the “offending” side gives in and consents to the demands.

    Of course, the huge boulder just increases in speed once it starts rolling.

  36. Cortes says:

    Maybe he’ll get a reprieve for good behaviour?

    http://www.robertburns.org/works/371.shtml

  37. @Daniel H

    Alas it will be countered by this:

    When first my brave Johnie lad came to this town,
    He had a blue bonnet that wanted the crown;
    But now he has gotten a hat and a feather,
    Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver!

    Cock up your beaver, and cock it fu’ sprush,
    We’ll over the border, and gie them a brush;
    There’s somebody there we’ll teach better behaviour,
    Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver!

    • LOL: Daniel H
  38. slumber_j says:
    @Kronos

    Bizarrely and at the time not having known anything about this black dude, I was musing on the future of the three statues along what I think of as the Allée of the Bad Poets just the other day while walking there. I actually wondered why they hadn’t yet been removed for more or less these reasons.

    Ordinarily, one might leave Burns and Sir Walter Scott, but remove Fitz-Greene Halleck–an immensely popular poet in his day who is now almost entirely forgotten. But then it hit me: Halleck is now thought to have been gay, so only his will remain in the end, in Ozymandian solitude.

    By the way, The Mall in Central Park (aka Literary Walk) is one of the few repositories of mature elms in the US–like the ones that towered over the streets of my hometown when I was a child, before the bugs infected them.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  39. Anonymous[521] • Disclaimer says:

    Was the ‘Andy Stewart Show’ ever broadcast on American television?
    Or the works of the Scots ‘national comedians’ Stanley Baxter and Ricky Fulton?

  40. @slumber_j

    Sir Walter Scott was probably too influential for the good of his long term reputation. He was a genius who more or less invented the historical novel and perhaps the modern “historical sense” that the past was different from the present. But all that seems so obvious now that we don’t understand why Scott was seen as a giant for 100+ years.

    • Agree: dfordoom
    • Replies: @slumber_j
    , @Verymuchalive
  41. Dan Hayes says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Clifford Brown:

    Surprisingly, Father Duffy was theologically quite liberal by pre-VaticanII standards!

  42. How about a statue of Tawana Brawley in scrubs with a stethoscope tied around her neck ?

  43. El Dato says:
    @J1234

    > Expect naked
    > Get Burqa

  44. Ah yes, I remember Williams’ chef d’oeuvre well:

    “And I’m black y’all
    And I’m black y’all
    And I’m blackety blackety black y’all
    And blacker than black and I’m black y’all…”

  45. Spangel says:

    At least cleopatras obelisk gets to stay.

    I mean, can it stay if we say cleopatra was black?

    I mean if it can’t, they can put it on my lawn.

  46. Anon[336] • Disclaimer says:

    “Willis defended himself saying that what he had done was “akin to sampling, remixing”.”

    He needs to bone up on copyright law. You have to negotiate a license fee to sample or remix. Perhaps he’s confusing it with fair use (which it isn’t)? Or song performance compulsory licensing (which it isn’t)?

    The creator of a work owns the right to “adaptations” of all sorts.

  47. Jack D says:
    @Redneck farmer

    Lebanese? Syrian? Can you provide any actual examples of a Levantine cuck making such a statement? I didn’t know that there were many “Levantine” cucks to begin with – I though they were all Bolshevik. Having a Levantine cuckservative would be an improvement.

  48. Ragno says:
    @Jack D

    There’s a statue of Frederick Douglas near Central Park.

    If ever a public work cried out for the application of a well-placed noose….

  49. slumber_j says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Scott is by far the best of the three, yes.

  50. @Wilkey

    The Scottish connection with President Trump was my first thought, as I can’t believe that this tool even knew who Robert Burns was, let alone was familiar with his writings. Without that connection, I know of no other reason why this guy would have fingered Burns.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    , @Alden
  51. If you want to conquer a country or tribe you deal with the men. Women aren’t good at defending societies. They usually side with the winners like lionesses in a pride after a hostile takeover.

    The attack on white males is in tandem with prolific degeneracy. Pop culture is already Africanized. In his book Sex and Culture (700 pages), the English anthropologist JD Unwin contends that sexual restraint is essential for building civilizations. Lack thereof leads to collapse or invasion.

  52. J.Ross says:

    If this “artist” is walking around the park at night “fingering statues” and not getting locked up then deBlasio really has gone too far in restricting policing.

  53. RudyM says:

    People forget that Burns invented hip-hop with “Nine Inch Will Please A Lady,” in the service of the sexual liberation of working class women (pretty intersectional there):

  54. It is only going to get worse. With each passing year there will be more and more people like this Hank Willis Thomas wormed into government and academic sinecures.

    I expect that within a year there will be statues of “the Central Park five” sprinkled about the park.

  55. danand says:

    I saw this on my local news yesterday evening. Not a statue, but maybe the overall impact is more significant given the level of exposure a road has over time/travel? (I travel down this road daily.)

    Dixon Landing Road, named for 19th century landowner Matthew Dixon, will be re-christened “Barack Obama Boulevard” following a 3-2 vote by the Miliptas City Council.

    In their joint request to rename the road, Milpitas councilmembers Anthony Phan anbd Bob Nuñez noted that the “roadway leads into the Sunnyhills Community, known as one of America’s first integrated communities“.

    “It’s not so much about President Obama the individual,” said Phan, “but more so what he means to the city, the community, and quite frankly to a generation of folks in the Silicon Valley.”

    rename

    https://abc7news.com/video/embed/?pid=5548325

    A bit ironic is that the road ends at a landfill (If it was going to be renamed, perhaps after an Italian would be a better fit. Isn’t the lore that they’re big into waste management; makes for convenient disposal of bodies/evidence.)

    “Milpitas occasionally experiences odorous air traveling downwind from bay salt marshes, from the Newby Island landfill, from the anaerobic digestion facility at Zero Waste Energy Development Company.”

    Just a couple little tidbits about the city getting the more comme il faut road naming:

    “Silicon Valley Unwired announced the implementation of a free municipal WiFi wireless network for the entire city of Milpitas. After the Google WiFi network in Mountain View, it is the second municipal wireless network, providing free Internet access.”

    “The movie River’s Edge was inspired by the true story of a murder that happened in Milpitas in 1981. It is a story about a teenage boy that murders a classmate and shows off the body to his friends. The names and races of the individuals involved were changed. It starred some relatively unknown actors at the time, including Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover and Ione Skye, as well as veteran actor Dennis Hopper. The movie was inspired by the murder of Marcy Renee Conrad who was killed by a fellow teen named Anthony Broussard. He later dumped her body in a ditch in the east foothills of Milpitas.”

    River

    milpitas

    milpitas ca

    • Replies: @Alden
  56. “akin to sampling, remixing”.”

    Apparently, he’s unaware that he just confessed his guilt. “Sampling” is but a euphemism for plagiarizing.

    As for this mook being on some commission, he was chosen because he’s a racist. This is the way our communist, racist, corrupt, and above all, stupid mayor, Bill de Blah Blah Blah operates. He chooses people who share his racist attitudes, and then acts as though the proposals were “independent.”

  57. “Guess it’s time for the lads to be screwed;
    Hope they put up a lass in the nude.
    I’ll just pour a wee glass
    And reflect ‘All things pass’
    And I’d rather be read than be viewed.”

  58. @Steve Sailer

    You damn Sir Walter with faint praise, Mr Steve. He invented the modern novel in 1824 single handedly – Redgauntlet – also the first Alternative History and Conspiracy Novel. Knowledge is Power – he got there first.
    We have an SNP government in Scotland, but they’re complete fakes. They do not promote Scottish History at all. This would promote Sir Walter and his work, but they’re too afraid that the young minions might think independently about Independence !
    Robert Louis Stevenson went out of critical favour after WWI, like Scott, but has now been restored as a great writer. Like Scott, he has never been out of print. Indeed, RLS is the 26th most translated novelist of all time. I am hopeful that Sir Walter will likewise be restored.

    • Agree: Cortes
    • Replies: @Alden
  59. ChrisZ says:
    @JerseyJeffersonian

    JerseyJeff: I think the tool (I endorse your term) fingered Burns *precisely* because he was unfamiliar with him. As Zman has said: “It’s always Day One with these people.”

    To them, the people who came before don’t matter, never did nothin’, and were evil and dumb anyway. If a current-year hip-hop arteest doesn’t know Burns, then Burns is not worth knowing. The unfamiliar traces of the past that surround us are not invitations to learn, but proof that those old folks were obsessed with nobodies.

  60. Does NY deserve a statue of Robert Burns? That is the question that should be asked.

  61. Alden says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Favorite RLS story is Kidnapped. Haven’t read much Scott for some reason.

  62. Alden says:
    @JerseyJeffersonian

    Maybe the moron thought Robbie Burns was that evil old White man on PBS Ken Burns.

    Hope so

  63. Alden says:
    @danand

    Lots of black Broussards in the Bay Area. They all came from Louisiana to work in the shipyards during WW2. And stayed.

    All these historians write books about the horrible effects of WW2 on Europe. What about the horrible effects of WW2 on American cities? Oakland Richmond and Pittsburgh will never recover no matter how desperate gentrifiers are for housing.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  64. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tiny Duck

    Looking at his picture I doubt if this up-and-coming Basquiat likes girls of any sort and probably supplements his income by engaging in performance art with the genitalia of various New York celebrities and politicians.

  65. There is a statue of Gandhi in Union Square.. Wonder if the committee will remove it…probably not because the Indian community would defend it while whites cuck.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/oct/17/southafrica.india

    But critics have attacked the gesture for overlooking racist statements attributed to Gandhi, which suggest he viewed black people as lazy savages who were barely human.

    Newspapers continue to publish letters from indignant readers: “Gandhi had no love for Africans. To [him], Africans were no better than the ‘Untouchables’ of India,” said a correspondent to The Citizen.

    Others are harsher, claiming the civil rights icon “hated” black people and ignored their suffering at the hands of colonial masters while championing the cause of Indians.

  66. syonredux says:
    @Alden

    All these historians write books about the horrible effects of WW2 on Europe. What about the horrible effects of WW2 on American cities? Oakland Richmond and Pittsburgh will never recover no matter how desperate gentrifiers are for housing.

    Pittsburgh in 1950: 87.7% White, 12.2% Black

    Pittsburgh in 2010 :66.0% White, 26.1% Black

    • Replies: @Alden
  67. Alden says:
    @syonredux

    Sorry, I should have written Richmond Ca and Pittsburgh Ca infamous black suburbs north of Oakland.

  68. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    The author of the Leatherstocking Tales has to have at least some gay cred.

  69. MEH 0910 says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Joe Dante Retweeted:

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