Tufts removes portraits of past university presidents because they’re too white

Tufts removes portraits of past university presidents because they’re too white

[Ed. – How white is too white?]

Part of Tufts University’s multimillion-dollar antiracism plan involves replacing eleven portraits of the school’s former presidents with exhibitions about underrepresented communities.

According to a letter from Tufts University President Tony Monaco, the school will spend $25 million to “advance equity, inclusion, healing, and justice” in its community and alumni networks. Various student and faculty contributors crafted five final reports that detail recommendations to address institutional racism at the university.

The Tufts as an Anti-Racist Institution initiative was announced by Monaco in the summer of 2020. The initiative pledged to “find and eradicate any structural racism at Tufts and to take the steps necessary to become what every member of our community would view as an antiracist institution.”

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Among the five reports is a thirty-page document about the role of public art exhibitions in promoting diversity.

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