Prof offers advice on how to destroy monuments 'faster'

  • A John Jay professor recommended methods to easily remove a Christopher Columbus statue.
  • She instructed protesters to “use chain instead of rope and it’ll go faster."

Associate professor of art crime at John Jay College Erin Thompson praised the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue.

"As America’s only full-time professor of art crime," according to Thompson's website, she teaches “the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art."  

"what is happening now with statues being torn down didn’t have to happen this way"   

Thompson tweeted a reply to a video of protesters illegally pulling down a Christopher Columbus monument outside the Minnesota State Capitol earlier in June. In the original tweet to which Thompson replied, protesters who were reported to have been part of the American Indian Movement were seen tying the statue up with rope. 

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In response, Thompson recommended a more efficient way to remove the statue based on her study of “the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage." Thompson instructed the protestors to “use chain instead of rope” because it will disassemble the statue “faster." 

In a request for comment, Thompson directed Campus Reform to her recent interview with The New York Times

In her interview with the newspaper, Thompson said the attacks on statues “show how deeply white supremacy is rooted in our national structure." She added, "as an art historian I know that destruction is the norm and preservation is the rare exception." 

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"We have as humans been making monuments to glorify people and ideas since we started making art, and since we started making statues, other people have started tearing them down," Thompson continued. 

Saying that she wishes "what is happening now with statues being torn down didn’t have to happen this way," Thompson also said there have been“decades of peaceful protest against many of these statues," and that when they “lose hope in the possibility of a peaceful resolution, they’re going to find other means." 

Thompson claims that by destroying a statue, “it’s a very satisfying way of attacking an idea - not just by rejecting but humiliating it."  

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Lacey Kestecher | New York Campus Correspondent

Lacey Kestecher is a New York Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse on college campuses for Campus Reform. She is originally from Asbury, New Jersey and currently studies Business Administration and Finance at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. On campus, Lacey is the Founder and President of Turning Point USA and Vice President of the College Republicans. Lacey also serves as the Social Media Specialist for the Binghamton Review. Lacey is a Campus Reform intern this summer.

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