Penn stu­dents re­move por­trait of Shake­speare for Lorde poster

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richard­son

Stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania re­moved an iconic por­trait of Wil­liam Shake­speare lo­cated at the en­try­way to the English Depart­ment and re­placed it with one of Au­dre Lorde, a 20th-cen­tury black les­bian poet.

The depart­ment voted to oust Shake­speare sev­eral years ago “in or­der to rep­re­sent a more di­verse range of writers,” re­ported the Daily Penn­syl­va­nian, the stu­dent news­pa­per.

But some stu­dents took the mat­ter into their own hands, tap­ing to­gether 24 pieces of printer pa­per to pro­duce a Lorde pic­ture.

Depart­ment chair­man Jed Esty, upon find­ing the wall-sized pic­ture of Shake­speare in his of­fice, said the im­age would re­main un­til the depart­ment de­cides what to do with the space.

Lorde was a self-de­scribed “black les­bian, mother, war­rior, [and] poet.” One of her po­ems, “The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Or There Is More Than One Way To Skin A Coon,” com­pares Amer­ica un­fa­vor­ably to em­phy­sema.

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