Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Cancel Counter: People, Monuments, and Artistic Works That Have Been The Targets

Editor’s Note: A wave of “cancellations” has swept the U.S. and Europe. Compiled here is a list of people, monuments, and artistic works that have been the targets. The events are listed in reverse chronological order, although some incidents do overlap. This list will be updated as the cancellations continue. Please send a message to if you have information about a cancellation that you would like to share.
60. A group of Jewish and Muslim residents of St. Louis, Mo., are pushing to change the city’s name and remove a statue of St. Louis from a city park.
St. Louis was named after King Louis IX, the only French monarch canonized by the Catholic church. Louis IX was an anti-Semite who oversaw the burning of 12,000 copies of the Talmud, confiscated Jewish property and used it to fund crusades against Islamic kingdoms in 1248 and 1270.
“St. Louis has a large and vibrant Jewish and Muslim community and it’s an outright disrespect for those who are part of these faith communities to have to live in a city named after a man committed to the murder of their co religionists,” reads a petition on “[We] ask all people of good faith committed to the modern values of equity and coexistence to sign this petition to rename the City of St. Louis to something more suitable and indicative of our values.”
The petition was co-sponsored by Ben Poremba, an Israeli-American restaurateur, and Umar Lee and Moji Sidiqi of the group Muslims For a Greater St. Louis. Lee is a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
59. Monmouth University in New Jersey has decided to remove a plaque with Woodrow Wilson’s name from the Woodrow Wilson Hall, a mansion built on campus in 1929.
The university’s Board of Trustees had voted in 2016 to retain the name despite Wilson’s support for racist policies including the segregation of African Americans in public spaces.
“Wilson was a controversial politician, and I think it has heightened awareness in 2020 about some of his racist policies,” Monmouth president Patrick Leahy said.
Leahy and university board chairman Michael Plodwick wrote in a statement, “Removing [Wilson’s]…connects the centerpiece of our campus more accurately to our historical roots and eliminates a symbolic barrier to the important work of creating a truly welcoming and inclusive space in the Great Hall.”
58. Michael Korenbeg, chairman of the University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors, resigned on June 20 after students discovered that he had “liked” Twitter posts by President Trump and right-wing figures disparaging Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
A group called UBC Students Against Bigotry first discovered Korenberg’s Twitter “likes.”
There's the Republican Party, Republican officials, Mike Pence, Team Trump, Donald Jr, even the Racist-in-Chief himself — sometimes several tweets a day. Pictured here are just a few of them.

Is Maga Mike Korenberg the reason why far-right extremists run rampant at @UBC? 3/6

— UBC Students Against Bigotry (@ubc_students) June 18, 2020
“I wasn’t actually familiar with the fact that people can look at my Twitter account, so I do regret that,” Korenberg told UBC student newspaper The Ubyssey. The former chairman said he had liked the tweets in order to save them for viewing at a later time, but on Saturday announced his resignation.
“Over the past two weeks some articles/statements that I ‘liked’ on Twitter supported regressive voices and took aim at thousands of brave individuals who are standing up against racism, discrimination, and hatred,” Korenberg wrote in a statement. “To be clear, I support Black Lives Matter and I support the de-racialization of our educational institutions and our country. But I accept that, in liking these social media posts, I damaged what I support and that I hurt people.”
Today I stepped down as Chair of the Board of Governors of UBC. I owe all students, faculty and staff and all those who stand against all forms of discrimination, an apology. I do so with all my heart.

— Michael Korenberg (@Mikey4493) June 21, 2020
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