One professor says that the statuary of ancient Greece and ancient Rome promotes "white supremacy" because of their use of white marble.
According to Heat Street, Sarah Bond, an assistant professor in Classics at the University of Iowa, penned an article at Hyperallergic criticizing classical artists for their use of white marble, saying it promotes white supremacist ideas today. From their report:
Bond says that “many of the statues, reliefs, and sarcophagi created in the ancient Western world were in fact painted” and that “white marble” people are seeing today in classical artwork was actually supposed to be colored, Campus Reform reported.
The professor therefore suggests that ;the equation of white marble with beauty is 'not an inherent truth of the universe' and is in fact 'a dangerous construct that continues to influence white supremacist ideas today.'
She continued the article, adding that 'most museums and art history textbooks contain a predominantly neon white display of skin tone” that “has an impact on the way we view the antique world.'
As an example, Bond notes that 'the assemblage of neon whiteness serves to create a false idea of homogeneity — everyone was very white! — across the Mediterranean region; which gives 'ammunition for white supremacists today, including groups like Identity Europa, who use classical statuary as a symbol of white male superiority.'
“It may have taken just one classical statue to influence the false construction of race, but it will take many of us to tear it down,” Bond finished her article. “We have the power to return color to the ancient world, but it has to start with us.”
In an interview with Campus Reform, Bond said that unpainted white unpainted marble is "an 18th century construct."
“The point is simply that Greeks and Romans actually added color to their art and thus white marble was often the canvas rather than the finished product," she said. "The exalting of white (and unpainted) marble was then an 18th century construct of beauty rather than representative of the classical view."