WaPo Writer: Statue of Liberty Is Symbol of ‘Hypocrisy’
The Washington Post piled on criticism of the country over the weekend with a piece claiming the Statue of Liberty “has never quite measured up.”
Philip Kennicott, WaPo’s “Art and architecture critic,” wrote the piece Saturday, which was mocked online for going after a statue that symbolizes freedom.
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“As familiar to some Americans as the flag, the statue is just as meaningless or foreign to others, a sign without significance, or worse, a symbol of hypocrisy or unfulfilled promises,” Kennicott said.
The statue, he writes, is seen “not as a symbol of liberty, but as a symbol of the misuse of liberty — as a hollow promise, unequally distributed and limited in its application to certain groups,” some of which he names: African Americans, Native Americans, and women.
The WaPo writer concludes with a veiled jab at former President Trump.
“The noble sentiments of the poem by Emma Lazarus — ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ — were all but effaced in the past four years of strident and often violent anti-immigrant sentiment,” Kennicott writes.