Perhaps fearing the progressive pansy cred they’d accumulated as the setting for four seasons of “Gilmore Girls” was wearing off, Yale University has once again proven it values delicate sensibilities above much else—this time, our nation’s history.
A stone carving depicting the battle between a colonist and a Native American—the former pointing a musket and the latter armed with bow and arrow—has long stood at the York Street entrance of the university’s Sterling Memorial Library. But when a recent renovation made that entrance the gateway to the new “Center for Teaching and Learning,” the censors took action.
According to Yale Alumni Magazine, the Committee on Art in Public Spaces determined the carving’s “presence at a major entrance to Sterling was not appropriate.” Their solution: Covering the settler’s musket with a plain, rectangular piece of rock, leaving the Indian’s bow uncovered. As a result, what was once a historical battle scenario now appears to be either an armed Indian sneaking up on an unarmed settler … or a settler taking a pillow to a bow fight. (Given Yale’s dedication to the ideals of softness and gentleness, it’s most likely the latter.)