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Notre Dame to cover 19th century Columbus murals due to portrayal of Native Americans

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Notre Dame to cover 19th century Columbus murals due to portrayal of Native Americans

The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school's president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers.

The 12 murals created in the 1880s by Luis Gregori were intended to encourage immigrants who had come to the U.S. during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment. But they conceal another side of Columbus: the exploitation and repression of Native Americans, said the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame.

It is a "darker side of this story, a side we must acknowledge," Jenkins said in a letter Sunday.

The murals in the Catholic university's Main Building are painted directly on walls. Jenkins said they will be covered, although they still could be occasionally displayed. A permanent display of photos of the paintings will be created elsewhere with an explanation of their context.

COMMENT:-

Of course, the fact that the painting have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with "Native AMERICANS" is completely irrelevant.

The fact is that Christopher Columbus NEVER ONCE set foot on North America and, even more particularly, NEVER ONCE visited any place that today forms a part of the United States of America.​
 
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