30Apr
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Anti-war mural altered to make student feel ‘safe’

The campus safety movement has reached new heights as an artist has been forced to change their work because a mural opposing war and violence triggered a student.

Reason.com reports on the latest example of offence trumping art:

An anti-war, pro-peace mural was deemed “triggering” by a student at Pitzer College, who objected to the work of art because it included a drawing of a gun. The artist has now agreed to alter her mural so that this student can continue to feel safe on campus

The action has triggered a serious debate on campus regarding the nature of controversial art:

“It’s truly in bad taste to have a large depiction of a gun in a dorm space—especially when students of color also reside there,” wrote Gregory Ochiagha in an email to campus.

“My Black Mental and Emotional Health Matters. I shouldn’t be reminded every time I leave my dorm room of how easy my life can be taken away, or how many Black lives have been taken away because of police brutality. This is emotionally triggering for very obvious reasons.”

All this for a creative work supposedly condemning violence.

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