The REAL purpose behind the campus renaming movement

By Joseph C. Phillips:

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that centuries old names on buildings, squares, and streets are coming under attack on the campuses of our nation’s colleges and universities.

Once widely revered in a different era, a priest, anthropologist, vice president and dozens of others whose names are etched on college campuses have become the subject of a historical autopsy. Students, inspired in part by the Black Lives Matter movement, are calling for the removal of symbols honoring people connected to slavery and colonialism.

This renaming movement has been gaining momentum. In the last couple of years, protests have taken place at Princeton, Yale, and now at Stanford, Amherst, and Berkley.

The student led movement is an effort to “make colleges more diverse and welcoming and to infuse new perspectives into a traditionally white, Eurocentric curriculum.”

So, we must scrub the campus clean of legacies with a tainted history. Really?

Black students at Berkeley are demanding that a building be renamed after Assata Shakur, a former black panther, convicted of killing a police officer and then fleeing to Communist Cuba.  As sympathetic as I am to the professed goals, I suspect that political or cultural ideology is more important than moral cleanliness.

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