Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro already established that Barack Obama's proposed presidential library on the campus of the University of Chicago is "shockingly hideous," and "inspired by Chinese takeout containers," but it turns out that harsh criticism for Obama's Brutalist behemoth isn't just limited to architecture aficionados.
Social justice activists also have a problem with the towering, 225-foot-tall alien design: it's just not very social justice-y.
According to Campus Reform, "more than 150 University of Chicago professors and lecturers" are protesting the former president's decision to locate the building in Chicago's historic Jackson Park, calling the Obama Presidential Library "socially regressive" for failing to consider the surrounding environment, the unique character of the University's South Side neighborhood, for usurping public land left to Chicago's citizens in a comprehensive city plan, and for completely ignoring the economic needs of the community.
“First, there are concerns that the Obama Center as currently planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhood,” a letter, signed by the protesting professors exclaims. “Because the current plans place the Center next to the Museum of Science and Industry and across the street from the University of Chicago campus, there is no available adjacent land in which to start a new business, set up a new café or restaurant, [or] bring another cultural center to the neighborhood.”
There's also the problem of precisely whom the Obama library will benefit. The futuristic eyesore will ooze over into Chicago's Jackson Park and the University's Midway Plaisance—- both dedicated as public areas for use by UChicago students, Chicago residents, and visitors to campus. Both locations are associated with Chicago's rich history, and both locations will be partially turned into above-ground parking for Obama's monument to himself.
What's worse, visitors will be charged a parking fee, which goes right back into the wallet of the Obama Foundation, not to help his needy home town — and all the while, Chicago taxpayers will be on the hook for maintaining the "public" Obama lands at a cost, the professors claim, of more than $100 million.
It's no wonder that, despite Obama claiming he's settled on UChicago as his desired library location, they're still pushing back.
“We are concerned that rather than becoming a bold vision for urban living in the future it will soon become an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past,” the letter states. “We urge the Obama Foundation to explore alternative sites on the South Side that could be developed with more economic benefits, better public transportation, and less cost to taxpayers.”
Of course, at this point, it's unlikely they'll be able to move the spaceship that's about to land on Hyde Park.