A makeshift memorial to 9/11, as well as a news clipping tribute to President Obama’s historic inauguration, was ordered removed from a Manhattan courthouse by a top state judge, because somebody complained that they were “offensive.”
Via the New York Post:
“Someone found something offensive and because we are a public institution, we erred on the side of caution and took down what was Scotch-taped to the wall,” said courts spokesman David Bookstaver.
The bulletin board surrounded the desks of six dozen Records Room clerks who toil in the bowels of 60 Centre St., a landmark civil courthouse opened in 1927 that often appears in scenes on TV’s “Law & Order.”
The space became a shrine to the city’s endurance after the 2001 terror attacks when staffers started the tradition of posting newspaper articles and color photos on the 20-foot, white walls in the first days they returned to work after the devastating events.
One of the most prominent photos was the iconic image of three firefighters raising an American flag at Ground Zero.
That same image, it was revealed recently, was almost held out of a 9/11 museum because it was too “rah rah” American.
The photo history also included various New York sports memories, and the “smiling faces of the Obama family during the historic election night in Chicago in November 2008.”
While the anonymous judicial complainant said the photos “offended” them, it was unclear exactly which ones.
I’d like to place a formal complaint that says the act of removing these items itself is offensive. Think they’ll put it back up?