Dozens of Marquette University faculty and staff have signed a petition to the school to protest the removal of a mural which depicted a Black Panther convicted of murdering a police officer.
The mural, featuring Black Liberation Army leader Assata Shakur, was swiftly removed from the Jesuit school’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) in May after a political science professor discovered it.
“Our university’s senior leadership just became aware of a mural that was created and displayed in a remote area of campus,” a statement from the university on May 17 said. “This is extremely disappointing as the mural does not reflect the Guiding Values of Marquette University. It is being removed immediately. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the mural and will take appropriate action.”
But the removal of the mural—and the departure of GSRC director Susannah Bartlow—has angered more than 60 Marquette faculty and staff who signed onto a petition to the university to participate in discussions on race and how to make students feel “whole.”