During the start of the Renaissance in the the city state of Florence, the wealthy banking family known as the Medici's patroned many fine and historic works of art that in part helped lead Europe completely out of the Dark Ages and into their greatest era of growth in 1000 years. But as a side consequence of their willingness to fund and support radical thinkers and artists, many in the Roman church felt threatened and sought to end the power of the Midici's in their intolerance.
One such radical religious zealot was a man by the name of Girolamo Savonarola, who preached against anything that did not follow church doctrine, and behind the scenes brewed hatred and intolerance into the minds of the poor and fearful. And in the end, Savonarola was successful in burning and destroying many priceless works of art when the last of Medici power ended in Florence.
Fast forward to 2016...
Colleges and Universities were originally built to be the bastion of open learning, and even questioning the status quo to find new opportunities for progress. But today they have become like the Medici family, and are under attack by a whole generation of radical and intolerant bigots who despise and hate anything that doesn't fit into their narrow beliefs.
That generation is the millennials.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout has decided to take down historical paintings that show interactions between white settlers and First Nations people because of their potentially “harmful” effects on students and viewers. The move was sparked by complaints from a diversity group.
One of the paintings shows French fur traders canoeing down the Red Cedar River with American Indians; the other is of a French fort. Both were painted by artist Cal Peters in 1936 and were recently restored with funding by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
After 80 years of decorating the university’s Harvey Hall, the paintings caught the attention of the school’s Diversity Leadership Team (DLT), which complained to the administration that this depiction of First Nations people reinforced racial stereotypes and promoted “acts of domination and oppression.” - Fox News
Of course, perhaps the real problem is that the paintings did not reflect the desires of UW's Diversity Group in that had Elizabeth Warren been one of the native Americans standing in the canoe, and Bernie Sanders been a fur trapper handing out free pelts in front of the fort, then the depiction of history would have been completely in line with the belief codes of these indivduals.