A committee of students at Oxford University’s Magdalen College voted to take down a portrait of Queen Elizabeth that hung in the school’s common area after a “woke” American graduate student and lecturer complained that the Queen symbolized an era of “colonialism” that made some students feel unwelcome.
“Students at one of Oxford University’s elite colleges have voted to remove a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II because she ‘represents recent colonial history,’” the New York Post reported. “Members of the Middle Common Room at Magdalen College voted by a substantial majority to remove the monarch’s portrait, according to minutes obtained by the popular UK political blog Guido Fawkes.”
The portrait was removed, according to a student cited in the meeting minutes, because, “This is about our communal space and making people feel welcome.”
“For some students, depictions of the monarch and the British monarchy represent recent colonial history,” the minutes noted. Another student was quoted as suggesting that “patriotism and colonialism are not