University banishes three wise monkeys as potential ‘oppressive racial stereotype’

The three wise monkeys — described as a Japanese pictorial maxim, embodying the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” — have been banished in England’s York University.

But then, is this surprising when institutions of higher learning are providing safe spaces to protect hypersensitive students from hearing world views that may differ from their own?

The University of York pulled an image of the three wise monkeys from its website because it was deemed to be racist, according to The Times.

“Academics at the University of York have decided that they could be seen as an oppressive racial stereotype, and pulled an image of the animals from their website to avoid offence,” the British newspaper reported.

Organizers of an upcoming art history conference apologized for using the image in calling for submissions.

“Upon reflection, we strongly believe that our first poster is not appropriate as its iconology promulgates a longstanding visual legacy of oppression and exploits racist stereotypes,” the organizers wrote. “We bring this to your attention, so that we may be held accountable for our actions and, in our privileges, do and be better.”

It would be hard to argue that the action seen across the pond is not a product of the American left’s decade-plus battle for alleged racial justice, ushered in by the election of the first black president of the U.S., Barack Obama.

With the emergence of the oft-violent Black Lives Matter movement — which gained prominence after a police officer was forced to defend himself against a violent attack by Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who outweighed the officer by 100 pounds — and images of rioting, looting and American cities burning being commonplace, the world took notice.

Never mind that the cases prompting the unrest often turned out to less than what they were initially billed as — George Floyd being one example, while the imagery of an officer kneeling on the deceased man’s neck was horrific, autopsy results suggest that he died from a fentanyl overdose.

The left’s toxic critical race theory declares all white people are inherently racist, and now that it’s Democratic policy it may be fair to say that for a person walking around with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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