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No new vandalism, even amid calls to remove Columbus and Whitman statues

Photo by Carson Jones.
October 22, 2020

This past summer saw renewed efforts to remove Walla Walla’s Christopher Columbus and Marcus Whitman statues. Breaking what has become something of a tradition, neither statue was vandalized during last...

Continuing the conversation on the Marcus Whitman statue

Seniors Andy Burnstein, Emma Patterson, Laura Jessich and Hope Giddings were a few of the students leading the discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
November 11, 2019

Last Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Jewett Cafe, Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) and Continuing the Conversation co-hosted a student-led discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue and activism surrounding...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished...

OP-ED: Kathy’s vandalism email: A political-economic explanation

October 24, 2019

Yesterday, I was sitting and chatting with some friends when the word “milquetoast” was used in conversation. Two of my friends hadn’t heard the word before, so I explained that it meant "timid,...

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

The Marcus Whitman statue on the edge of campus was spray-painted red multiple times in the weeks leading up to Columbus Day along with other messages scattered across Whitman campus. Photo contributed by Kaitlyn Patia
October 14, 2019

In the weeks leading up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day, responses to symbols of the Whitmans’ legacy have appeared around campus — with the Marcus Whitman statue, located at the intersection...

OP-ED: Rinse and repeat?

October 9, 2019

The Marcus Whitman statue is at it again, sparking activism that compels us to confront Whitman College and white settlement as one and the same. This time, the statue’s defacement involved rephrasing...

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