Yale University announced Wednesday that it will continue to name one of its residential colleges in honor of a fierce 19th century slavery defender former Vice President John C. Calhoun despite the series of student protests.
NBC News reports that Yale University president, Peter Salovey, announced Wednesday that the name of the Calhoun College, named after an alumnus and fierce 19th century defender of slavery, would not be changed but faculty at the colleges will no longer have the title “master”.
Salovey issued the following statement via Yale News:
“Ours is a nation that often refuses to face its own history of slavery and racism. Yale is part of that history. We cannot erase American history but we can confront it, teach it, and learn from it. The decision to retain Calhoun College’s name reflects the importance of this vital educational imperative.”
Unfortunately, many American universities have the same problems – racism and segregation. For instance, Princeton University declined to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the School of Public and International Affairs despite the fact that Wilson was an unabashed segregationist. Harvard
University had to give new titles to its college ‘House Masters’ because of slavery connotation.
Yale happens to be one of the best Universities worldwide. However, it still honors the main and the most famous ideologist of racism and slavery. It’s about time we admit that Former president John C. Calhoun was a criminal, and people of such nature, irrespective of their pedigree, should be labeled criminals and be charged.
The crimes of the past, crimes against Black community should be carefully analyzed and never repeated again. It will never happen if the authorities continue to honor people who committed those crimes. The racism in American educational system must be eradicated. Every American University must become an accepting place for all races!
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