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Today’s blacklisted American: Lincoln bust and Gettysburg Address plaque removed from Cornell library because “someone complained”

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Our modern dark age: Apparently because some unidentified individual “complained” about the presence of a bust of Abraham Lincoln and a bronzed plaque of his Gettysburg address, officials running the library at Cornell University immediately removed both.

“Someone complained, and it was gone,” Cornell professor Randy Wayne told the College Fix, referring to a Gettysburg Address plaque and Lincoln bust that had been on display in the Ivy League university’s Kroch Library since 2013. The professor said that he had noticed that the items were gone after stopping by the library several weeks ago, adding that when he asked the librarians about it, they were unable to give any details, other than saying it was removed as a result of some type of complaint.

The plaque and bust have been replaced with, “Well, nothing,” Wayne told the College Fix.

According to professor Wayne, when he asked the librarians why the bust and plaque were gone “they had no details to provide, except to say it was removed after some sort of complaint.”

When questioned by reporters from Breitbart News, Rebecca Valli, director of media relations at Cornell University, challenged this assertion, claiming instead that the display was removed in 2021 (after being on display for eight years) because it had been part of “a temporary exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.”

Why should this “temporary” display be suddenly removed in 2021 after being on display for almost a decade? Well, in 2020 and 2021 a lot of people at Cornell were loudly complaining about America, its history, and its fundamental principles. During that period the president of Cornell’s Republican club was harassed and physically attacked, the college ran numerous classes that excluded men or whites, students assembled “safety teams” to prevent students from attending a law professor’s lecture on free speech while campaigning to get that professor fired, and the student assembly demanded that one building be renamed because the man it presently honors had recommended war with the Philippine Islands during the McKinley administration in 1899.

In 2020 students also circulated a petition supporting the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, with many bigoted demands.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put two and two together here. The 2021 complaint was almost certainly connected with these anti-American and bigoted BLM protests, which cannot tolerate any positive reference to any great American hero, such as Abraham Lincoln. The agenda of BLM, which claims all whites are racist and evil, as is all of American history, would be proven to be an utter lie if others could read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Such knowledge must be censored.

Some jack-booted thug from this totalitarian BLM movement then complained, and Cornell officials in cowardice immediately bowed in submission. Lincoln and the Gettysburg address were thus cancelled.

Well, I say no to that cancellation. It thus seems appropriate here to listen to Lincoln’s address again. From Ken Burns’ magnificent documentary, The Civil War (maybe the only thing Burns ever did that wasn’t dedicated to pushing Democratic Party propaganda):

Pass it on. It is America’s heritage, to proclaim liberty throughout all the land, to all the inhabitants thereof. Don’t let the thugs destroy that heritage.

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