Penn students remove portrait of Shakespeare for Lorde poster
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.