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UK removing controversial mural in Memorial Hall

Mural inside Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus (Photo via UK)

Mural inside Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus (Photo via UK)

As the dialogue about racial injustice continues across the nation, the University of Kentucky is taking additional steps to make sure it’s on the right side of history.

In an email to students, faculty, and staff today, UK President Eli Capilouto announced that the university is removing a controversial mural in Memorial Hall that depicts slaves. The mural, done in 1934 by Ann Rice O’Hanlon, is one of the few true frescoes left in the United States and has been covered and uncovered over the years as administrators and student groups have clashed over its place in history and what it represents. In light of recent events, Capilouto said the time has come to take it down.

“It’s against that imperfect and human backdrop that I am directing our facilities team to immediately begin the process of removing the mural in Memorial Hall.

Why now? And what does this move accomplish?

Just as certain images haunt me, I also cannot escape certain conversations that, over years, remain fresh.

To many, the mural represents the work of a renowned artist, seeking in her time, to represent the evolution, however halting, of her native state. And as with all art, we seek to understand the intent of the artist and bring our own meaning and interpretation to it.

I remember a conversation at Maxwell Place with 24 African American students in the fall of 2015. There, they detailed a list of recommendations that included “racist mural in Memorial Hall.” There was a conversation with one student about the mural who stopped me cold with the observation that every time he walked into a class in Memorial Hall, he was forced to reckon with the fact that his forbears were enslaved.

They were chattel; brutalized as disposable property, even though in their time, they were regarded as essential to the economy’s progress.

The art, to this student, sought to glorify and sanitize that fact. And he was speaking for many others, over many years, a point made clear again to me recently as we began conversations with our student leaders on how to move forward during this fraught time. The mural once again was a symbol, not of a state’s evolution, but of our unwillingness to recognize their experiences as members of our community.”

You can read Capilouto’s entire email at the link below.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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66 Comments for UK removing controversial mural in Memorial Hall

  1. macattack
    2:11 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I remember having a couple classes there back in the mid 2000s and thinking then that I was surprised it was still up.

  2. jack8291
    2:12 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    This should solve most of our problems . We can move on now …

    • classof68
      3:40 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, that’s obviously going to have a major impact. Although it would be more impactful to also destroy the 4 NCAA championship trophies prior to 1978 for obvious reasons.

    • UKFaninCO
      4:51 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink


    • sprtphan
      7:26 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      It’s a miracle. Virus and racism cured in the same week.

  3. lexslamman
    2:22 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    UK can take back my degrees. I have no desire to be associated with an institution that has chosen the path of censorship, self loathing and hate.

    • DelrayCat
      2:52 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink


    • nocode96
      4:31 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Good call delray. It’s funny how the real snowflakes are the guys like lexslam but they like to advise everyone else of that. They are the ones losing their collective minds because people are out protesting against the atrocity that is America’s police force, they are the ones losing their minds when a rebel flag monument get rightfully taken down, not to mention how they act when you call out that “perfect Christian” in the White House they have boners for.

      It’s a phukin painting lexslam, one that depicts something that is a black eye in this country. You aren’t against censorship, if you were you’d be losing your mind over all these cops shooting innocent civilians and members of the press…press not even from this country so you can’t give me the old “cnn isn’t news” argument. What you are is racist. You’re a racist person lexslam. Fact of the matter is you are upset that uk took down a painting depicting what, I’m sure you have thought in your head, was the good old days. Just admit to it. Quit being scared. Openly let everyone know how you dislike black and brown people, at least then you wouldn’t be being disingenuous.

      Looking forward to your rebuttal where you either claim to be a black dude, or tell us all about the black friends you have.

    • lexattorney
      11:52 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      It’s funny how you’re clearly a Nirvana fan hiding behind a Pearl Jam screen name much like Mashburnfan is a UofL Dan hiding behind a UK screen name. You both have “little brother syndrome.”

    • UKgrad80
      9:08 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Loved every word!

    • Nugget01
      4:23 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      lexslamman You misspelled “compassion.”

    • satcheluk
      10:16 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Pls give them back. If you can’t empathize with those who’ve been oppressed and wish to join us on a level playing field, then good riddance.

  4. JT55
    2:26 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Scary to imagine what history books will look like in another 20 years. Liberal censorship is a scary thing.

    • nocode96
      4:33 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Yep! Those damn libruls and their…. checks notes…. not being racist, fascist assholes. You are literally upset someone took down a painting depicting slavery, arguably the darkest of dark events that ever occurred in this country. I BBC wish guys like you would just openly admit you don’t like black people, it’s nit like we all don’t know what you’re really thinking. Be proud of that hate dude, quit being a pansy.

    • Nugget01
      4:50 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Poor wittle fraidy cat!

    • Secretariat
      6:09 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Because removing paintings that inaccurately sanitize the institution of slavery are going to make us forget what an atrocity it was? Makes sense.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:56 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Nocode, you keep throwing around the fascist charge. Will you admit that Antifa types, despite their name, are fascists? If you won’t then you have less than zero credibility. They are modern day Brownshirts.

      Also, way to paint with a broad brush about cops. I guess you must be one of those lobbying to abolish police. There are bad people in every profession man. Just because there are crooked accountants, does mean all accountants are crooked? Take a breath and engage in a little critical thinking now and then. Seriously.

  5. UKFanSC
    2:26 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    All academic and corporate institutions will be taking their orders directly from the BLM and “social justice” mavens for the foreseeable future. Get used to it.

    • Gazza
      6:07 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Next the removal of the Rupp name?

  6. T-Town Cat
    2:32 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Such hypocrisy from UK. They fired a black man that had brought 18 National Cheerleading Championships to the school and was universally respected, because of a complaint from one white parent. What about justice for Jomo Thompson?

    • classof68
      3:28 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      You read my mind T-Town Cat. Capiluto must resign. He is an obvious racist! Reinstate JOMO and ask for his forgiveness, then resign. Capiluto’s beggars can stop calling me for donations. They won’t get another nickel from me. If he ran the university right they would have enough money to do what they want to do.

  7. lexattorney
    2:40 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Why don’t we just wipe out the history books and start over? Slavery, although horrific and embarrassing DID occur and to erase it from our history only denies current and future generations the ability to study and learn from it in order to avoid repeating past mistakes.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:08 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      For once I agree with you.

    • Nugget01
      4:16 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      History books and wall murals are hardly the same thing. UK didn’t erase history textbooks, they removed a mural (that shockingly wasn’t removed long ago.) There are absolutely no generations using this mural to study and learn from history. And to even remotely assert that slavery may repeating itself because its removal is pure garbage.

  8. Look Out Fireworks
    2:47 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    History is written by the victors.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:07 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” Napoleon Bonaparte

    • rickat
      3:49 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Did you ever read “The People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. Quite interesting.

    • Bluebros
      4:44 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Pretty sure Napoleon was a loser too so that quote is sour grapes…

  9. Heavy C
    3:11 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Yea. 1865…I remember it well. Seems like only yesterday. I mean the last 2 generations of African Americans have been so directly impacted by Slavery…its unbelievable. Oh wait….THEY HAVEN’T. There are programs, Academic and Social that are EXCLUSIVELY FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS, but yet if you listen to anyone in the media INCLUDING THIS SITE, you would think that its 1855. I’m 100% against racism of ANY sort. But this Bull$hit is ridiculous. A black man gets cuffed and stuffed..its because he’s black. The fact that he just got fingered for robbing someone is incidental. And the crack cocaine in his pocket? He was obviously profiled anyway so the stop the stop should have never happened anyway! Right?

  10. az1006
    3:14 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Heavy C: “I’m 100% against racism of ANY sort! Now, let me spew a bunch of racist BS to prove my point that I’m most certainly not racist…But I’m racist.”

  11. SADmaninKy
    3:23 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    As philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,”

  12. neat1ky
    3:23 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I heard they were erasing the civil war from history books, didn’t happen, I think Spanish American war is next and I admit mistakes were made and being politically correct hasn’t solved anything only when people decide to treat everyone equally will things get better

  13. lexslamman
    3:32 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Anti-white racism is a serious problem that no one seems willing to acknowledge.

    • classof68
      3:44 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      I will acknowledge it. It’s also called affirmative action and quotas.

  14. Jambluehue99
    3:34 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Today it’s a mural. Tomorrow a statue. Today it’s my speech. Tomorrow it’s yours. This is how countries collapse. And if you think there is a better one in the making, look at all of human history and you will not find one that had been as good for so long and done so much good with so much power and spread more of its wealth. Is it perfect? No. But it is far closer to perfect than human kind has ever formed on this planet. Maybe that’s why people come free from all over the world. Better enjoy it before we tear it down.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:43 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      The collapse of this country is already well underway and it will be complete sooner rather than later if people do not wake up to what is really going on .

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      10:56 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Jambluehue99: we’ve been around for only 244 years. America isn’t as close to perfect as you think.

  15. JCraig04
    3:40 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Several statements on here that are disappointing to read. The Censorship argument is nonsense. To sit here and say that we’re suddenly going to pretend that a large part of our Country’s history doesn’t exists is bogus. Especially how things are currently moving, if anything I believe we’ll take even more time to educate upcoming generations about slavery. We should! And we should do it in a way to better understand and empathize what happened and how it has still effected black people in the US to this day. To say otherwise is ignorance, so take the time and try to learn.

    For Henry C….your take on it’s not 1865, yeah no kidding. Once again this shows ignorance to me (which is fine I’m ignorant on many things in life), instead of taking offense to this post and getting defensive, I hope you try to grow and learn from this. To say Black people are still not feeling the effects of slavery is a bad take. They clearly are, there’s tons of evidence of this, just look around at what’s happening now. Slavery was very very dark and to think that it left no lasting impact on future generations of families is being completely blind to the history you’re referencing.

    As for the Mural…I once again ask people to put themselves in the shoes of a black person that has had the history of slavery, this massive burden put on their shoulders since the day they were born. Did not ask for any of it…imagine going to the University and having to look at a mural each day that represents people that are your ancestors and that look like you presented in slavery. I don’s see how human beings can be ok with this. Why would we want to celebrate this mural? I don’t see how we can not empathize with our fellow man that has had to endure this for only being born into a race with different skin color. History isn’t going anywhere. We have history books, museums and plenty of other resources to never let us forget.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:55 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      JCraig, maybe you aren’t aware that Google scanned and digitized 25 million books from major university libraries, once digitized textbooks can be edited with a keystroke. There will probably come a day when libraries become a thing of the past, already the history that was taught when I was growing has been changed or dropped. Several online sites are already censoring content. Just something to think about.

    • JCraig04
      4:06 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      I still find it hard to believe with all of the scholars, true historians we have out there that history will be lost. These days if some random dude from North Dakota makes a controversial tweet, we can’t make that just disappear. That guys tweet is out there forever, for everyone to see. So to say that the history of slavery is just going to be wiped out seems ludicrous…And listen the way its taught might change, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Change can also mean growth. I know that I learned History in High School and went to College. Covered the same material, but was taught to me in a much different light. Showed more of the flaws that people and Countries have. The College version painted a different perspective of the same history and allowed me to further understand and grow.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:33 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      If you research the Lincoln assassination you will find what we were taught might not be accurate at all, like the commenter above said, history is written by the victor. As generations pass and people, their children and their children’s children who lived through these times die the accuracy of history fades. How do we know that the true history of the Roman Empire didn’t go somewhere when we are so many generations removed from those times? Who is left to give an accurate account? If they had destroyed the Colosseum, artwork, etc, would we know about the slaves of that era?

    • JCraig04
      5:04 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      I think you have 2 points here.

      1.History is written by the Victor – In the case of slavery that’s White people. Maybe we need some additional perspective on that. And who’s to say we don’t get some Mural in the future that represents what we’re going through today in 2020. Maybe we get a Mural of the US’s slave history through the eyes of a black person that doesn’t seem to glorify it so much. Maybe its an even more accurate depiction of that history.

      2. Historical Attrition – Not really sure what we can do about this one. Things are going to get lost in time and whether we keep a mural today, for it to only be destroyed in a fire or whatever tomorrow is beyond our control. I understand that in this instance we’re choosing to remove it, but as an overall concept of attrition.That said, I think we’re more equipped to handle that today than ever before. Its not necessarily apples to apples when comparing today to the Roman Empire, or even the Lincoln assassination. The technology we have in place today should help with preserving a closer representation of history as time passes. As I mentioned earlier, if we can preserve a random guys tweet, then we should be able to preserve major historical events. Not to say it will be 100% accurate, but better. You’re right in what we know of history from centuries ago is most likely very flawed. I still believe that what people centuries in the future will know about 2000s will be much more accurate. For Example, they may be able to pull up video footage of Anthony Davis leading UK to a 2012 National Championship…No disputing that history 😉

  16. BUCats
    3:44 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I really dislike the term “right side of history”. It’s a lazy phrase that implies that the author has the foresight of knowing what the morally superior position will be in the future. It also implies that human civilization moves linearly through time, which is certainly not true as ALL civilizations rise AND fall. Maybe a future civilization will feel differently.

  17. Heavy C
    3:46 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Not a single racist comment did I make. Practical, Unbiased Comments seem to confuse folk like you. I’ll leave you with this: If Asian males made of 27% of the U.S. Population and Committed nearly 70% of the violent crimes……Guess who would be profiled?

    • JCraig04
      3:58 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Buddy, you’re missing the point of all this. Your statement that Black people for the past 2 generations have not been impacted by the history of slavery is just plain wrong. We know its the year 2020, the point is there is still racism in America, and so many White people are not putting in the effort to put themselves in the perspective of what it would be like to be a Black person. How would you feel being treated like this? Would you just be rattling off statistics if it was you and your race being profiled? Would you be okay if it was your ancestors being portrayed as slaves in that mural? People that look like you? with your skin color?

      Also, word of advice…anytime you say, “I’m 100% against racism of ANY sort. But……” you’re automatically setting yourself up for racist criticism, whether you are or not.

    • Jambluehue99
      5:40 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      If anything a black person today has to live with the burden of 50 years of failed liberal Democrat policies that have destroyed the black family, all but eliminated the black middle class, and aborted as many black babies as were ever enslaved in this country. That this fact is lost on most people tells you history has already been rewritten. It’s just people don’t have the attention span or the intellectual honesty to admit it in today’s PC society. For society to tell an entire minority population that it will never amount to anything because of the color of their skin and the plight of their ancestors is the true racism.

  18. stl_cat
    3:47 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    “Erasing history”?? It’s erasing a decoration you clowns lol. Who’s the over sensitive ones now?

    “But, muh slave painting!”

    • DelrayCat
      4:14 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, I’m sure when Coach Cal takes his recruits and their families around campus, I bet he makes it a point to stop by this painting every time to proclaim what a great honor it is to have such a historic mural at UK.

    • UKFanSC
      4:35 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      This won’t be an issue going forward…..there is now a movement to shame all black high school hoop stars to attend “ historically black colleges”. So in the future the Anthony Davis’ of the world will be suiting up for their one year at Grambling or North Carolina Central. Duke and Kentucky will go without.

  19. King_tucky
    4:27 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    The reason for this coming down is due to the way minorities are dipicted, correct? My question is this then. Did these things occur in American History? N shouldbt it always be remembered even if it’s a horrible realization of our history? The Lorraine that Motel M.L.K Jr was killed at in Memphis has to stir up emotions and a horrible realization of our history. Matt Jones even described his emotions when he went there. I would hate to think we would want it to be forgotten and ripped down. Where is the line cause its blurred for me.

    • DelrayCat
      4:42 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Come on. This one should be simple. We as a society should not be glorifying our historic past as it pertains to slavery. I mean this is even worse than the confederate war monuments…yes, they should be preserved…just like this mural perhaps…but none of them should be supported by our tax dollars and forced upon the public. If sympathetic and history-loving sorts want to see it…fine, they can pay to visit that museum. But our tax dollars should not be paying for public art depicting cotton picking and slave sales. It is despicable and needs to go.

  20. kjd
    4:41 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Capiluto, Governor Andy, all those in charge or positions of authority will have to have their ancestry completed. If any said persons had slave owners in their family tree, they gave to resign. It’s the right thing to do. Guilty by genetics.

  21. Brutal Hustler
    4:48 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    One of my humanities classes at UK had an assignment where we had to go look at the mural and write a paper about how it makes us feel. Pretty much the whole class said “yeah this is wildly offensive”

  22. jaws2
    4:57 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I just don’t understand why removing ‘historical’ pieces from any location is appropriate at any time. Thursday night they removed a statue of The Texas Ranger from DFW airport. Wednesday they removed Robert E. Lee from Virginia. When will the removal of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the other founding fathers be removed in their entirety?
    IF your reasons given here are seriously based on the ‘hurt’ feelings of some, then why don’t you want ALL history that has to do with this country removed? So for all of you people on here that have no issue with removing history, at what point do you stop? I’m very sorry these things bother some people, but where is the line? We do NOT live in a utopia and there will NEVER be a utopia, and I really don’t understand why anyone expects it. Can our nation be improved? Of course it can, and has dramatically since its inception.
    I suppose next you guys will think its cool to ‘defund’ the police forces in America and in some cases disband them! Who the hell is going to protect and serve when they’re gone? The Los Angeles’s mayor decides he’ll cut the budget by $150 MILLION and send it to ‘black’ communities. Perhaps they’ll start their own police force!

    • mcp157
      6:17 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink


  23. Bluebros
    5:46 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    It always seemed strange that the right/republican party is known for being more religious, (in general) then the left. They are also known for having more conservative social views. White supremacist groups without a doubt are far right wing and many of their views alight even with the moderate right.

    For many of you above still struggling with the issue of racism and topics such as, “Should UK remove an offensive mural, even if it has historical significance?” then you should ask yourself questions like…

    “What would a right wing-nut White supremacist do in this situation?”

    “What would George Wallace have thought about this?”

    “How would Trump handle this sensitive topic?”

    Then, you do the opposite. Simple as pie and it’s a sure fire way to get the correct answer.

    In this case, the answer is probably something like, “We ain’t taking down no paintings showing the glory of God and the White man because they wanna erase our history and take our guns!”


    “I can see how this is offensive and while it does have historical value, it’s probably better to side with compassion and understanding in this case.”

    Religious Translation

    Jesus would probably be in support of inclusion and he probably isn’t a big fan of slavery, racists, cops or guns, I mean… If I had to guess. I should view this through the lens of love and compassion, John 13:34

    That is free advice on how NOT to sound like a racist and to practice the teachings of your savior. That’s a win-win in my book!

    Good Luck

    • DelrayCat
      6:18 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you Blue Brother. Best post I’ve read on KSR in a long time. I am standing in applause. Hear Hear.

    • UKFanSC
      9:14 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Can’t argue with that.

  24. Cousins Fake Tooth
    9:03 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    FFS. People are mental these days.

  25. bigbluebg
    10:22 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Honestly, who cares? Its a mural. I don’t see why either side would be upset if it stays or if it goes. If enough people find it offensive, my all means take it down.

    Arguing about this just seems dumb. It seems like everyone is in attack mode these days. For example, Brees comments. Poor timing and he shouldn’t have said “I could never agree”. Speaking in absolutes is rarely a good idea. However, crushing someone like that typically would lead to that person doubling down and shutting out conversation that may actually lead to growth in the person. Yea Brees apologized, but only because he has millions at stake. Again, I’m not defending his words. I’m just pointing out that we should try to unite people, not berate them until they agree with us. Mike Thomas immediately crushed him on social media. I think it would’ve shown great leadership if he said, “Hey, Drew. Let’s talk this over, I feel this way when you said that…could you clarify?” For most of us, we don’t have piles of cash at stake for saying something like, “I support the military”, so if you come at them like that, they’ll shut you out and never change.

    It derails the conversation, defeating the purpose of the protests/movement.

    Hopefully I didn’t offend anyone. Just trying to share my perspective. You can tell me I’m wrong, just do it nicely? Please?

  26. UKCatAttack
    12:18 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

    I would encourage everyone to read an interview in the Smithsonian archives with the artist who painted the mural.

    Everyone has to form their own opinions about things and if it’s hurtful to people I’m sorry. The thing is anytime I see something historical censored it personally makes me cringe a little bit. I think history is incredibly important to our future. I think Black Lives Matter and Black History in general is predicated on the inequities that faced the black communities including slavery over the past 200+ years. I think pictures like that serve as a reminder to both black and white of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

    This mural would be something that people 500-1000 years in the future would be studying just as we study the ceiling is the Sistine Chapel. I personally think it’s a shame that it comes down.

    • Bluebros
      1:03 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Really interesting interview! Thank you for digging up this gem of history! I agree with you on several of your points but after listening to the 5 min audio clip and going through the transcript, I didn’t see or hear a word mentioned about the depicted slaves. There was talk of all the wonderful things in the mural such as businesses, colleges, and being the “Paris” of America but no mention of the people she immortalized as lesser than. Not in the 30’s when it was painted and not in the 60’s when she gave this interview.

      I agree that history is incredibly important but what if pictures like this give a white person and black person different feelings? Maybe to you, it is purely historical and worth saving at all costs. Maybe that isn’t the viewpoint of a black student seeing the mural in 2020.

      It’s a bit of a stretch to compare this mural to the Sistine Chapel but since you make the argument, there is a “morality” similarity between the artworks. As you probably know, Michelangelo painted his subjects in the nude which was quickly criticized by members of the church as being disgraceful, lewd and sinful. He was ordered to paint over the nudity. One might argue that O’Hanlon’s mural is the exact opposite of the Sistine Chapel, painting sinful and disgraceful acts of man but no one criticized her until now. It’s an interesting comparison and I’m sure a UK student could write a paper on the topic.

      Nevertheless, thank you for posting the very interesting and relevant audio and transcript files. It gives the mural life and it connects the history with the artist.

    • UKFanSC
      6:52 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Well done. Appreciate the link.

  27. UKSanders
    3:28 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    I completely understand many of the posts on both side of the argument here, and it leads me to a question.

    Would it make more sense to add to the mural instead of removing it? The portion to add could demonstrate the progress made in Lexington since the ending time of the original mural. I don’t want to sound insensitive, but I would think that could be inspiring to anyone seeing the mural as it could remind all of us of some of the horrific past while showing the incredible progress since then.

    It just seems like it could be the best option.

  28. lizzyuk
    4:00 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    This may be difficult for some to understand, but I would imagine black people are tired of being “reminded” of their tragic history, especially since things like police brutality affect the black community disproportionately.

    There is a time and place for everything and this mural is in the wrong place at the wrong time. It belongs in a museum, not as decoration at an educational institution.

    That way, we can preserve our history, however horrific it may be, while refraining from distracting every UK student on their way to class by reminding them about slavery and how America has taken SO LONG to acknowledge it still has a racism problem.