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CWU Professor Comments in NYT's "Symbols, Swastikas and Student Sensibilities"

Symbols—their meaning, history and power to hurt—have been a volatile topic across the country this summer, and college campuses have not escaped the storm.

Mark Auslander, professor of anthropology at Central Washington University and author of The Accidental Slave-owner, sees the iconography as a springboard for “critically examining history.” Virtually every venerable university has links to the slave trade, he says, so “there’s no way you can purify that history and deny it.”

Read more of the story in the New York Times.