Sarah Bond, from the University of Iowa, believes that the white marble found in ancient Greek and Roman statues is related to contemporary “white supremacist ideas.”

Suggesting that artists colored over the original marble’s color with white paint, Bond said in an article published by Hyperallergic, “many of the statues reliefs and sarcophagi created in the ancient Western world were in fact painted.” Bond continued, “the way we view the antique world” has been infected by the fact that “most museums and art history textbooks contain a predominantly neon white display of skin tone.”

She suggests that these historical statues and paintings of white people are used as ammunition for white supremacist groups today such as Identity Europa. “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,” she proclaimed. “We have the power to return color to the ancient world, but it has to start with us.”

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