John Jay College Professor of Criminal Justice Erin Thompson took to social media earlier this month to instruct those tearing down statues and monuments how to get the job done more efficiently.
“I’m a professor who studies the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage and I just have to say… use chain instead of rope and it’ll go faster,” said professor Erin Thompson on Twitter.
The tweet — which has garnered more than 93,000 retweets and over 382,000 likes as of Friday afternoon — was in reply to a video of protesters toppling a statue of Christopher Columbus monument at the Minnesota State Capitol earlier in June.
Thompson is an associate professor at John Jay College, where she teaches “art crime.”
“As America’s only full-time professor of art crime, I study the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art,” reads the professor’s biography on the school’s website.
“Currently, I am researching the ways in which terrorist groups both sell and destroy art to support their genocidal campaigns, as well as the legalities and ethics of digital reproductions of cultural heritage,” Thompson’s biography ironically adds.
The professor directed Breitbart News to her recent interview with theNew York Times, in which she argued that the destruction of historical monuments is completely normal.
I’m a professor who studies the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage and I just have to say… use chain instead of rope and it’ll go faster. https://t.co/RH3WVJm8RX
— Erin L. Thompson (@artcrimeprof) June 11, 2020