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Black Yale Student Protesting Calhoun College Finds Out He’s a Direct Descendant

Black Yale Student Protesting Calhoun College Finds Out He’s a Direct Descendant


Talk about inconvenient truths. Oof.

Truth Revolt reported:

Black Yale Student who Protested Calhoun Building Discovers He’s a Direct Descendant

Recently Yale University caved to student demands to rename one of their dozen residence buildings. The Calhoun Building was named after Yale graduate John C. Calhoun, who was John Tyler’s secretary of state, James Monroe’s secretary of war, John Quincy Adams’ and Andrew Jackson’s vice president, a South Carolina senator, and avid pro-slavery zealot. Yes, he was known to be a racist back then and now, but only in 2017 was the building renamed after a student outcry.

One black student from South Carolina, Tobias Holden, described his advocacy for the name change in the New York Times:

The sting of Calhoun’s name was part of a larger conversation. We demanded that Yale expand mental health resources for students of color. We also wanted the university to hire and give tenure to more people of color, offer better options when it came to ethnic studies and provide a place to report bias incidents. Racial sensitivity training, we argued, would go a long way toward protecting students of color from casual racism.

Then, Holden discovered his own history was more complicated than he thought:

While I was at school, my grandmother sent me a recently uncovered family tree and oral history. It was compiled by one of my great-uncles for a 1990 family reunion, and it stretches back to the early 1800s, to a great-great-great-great-grandmother known as Grandma Nancy. She was born near the Fort Hill Plantation — now preserved on the campus of Clemson University. Her mother was a Cherokee slave named Liza Lee. Her father was John C. Calhoun.


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They are welcome to talk to John Kerry about their mental health issues. Just call his office for an appointment.

He can pay reparations to himself!

Ancestry is complicated, huh, Mr. Holden?

ugottabekiddinme | February 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Imagine the conversations their spirits can have in the hereafter!

So what? I know someone whose grandfather was a senior Nazi official; does that means she should not protest against Nazis?! Rudy Giuliani’s father was mobbed up; does that means he shouldn’t have gone after the mafia?! Descent from a bad person doesn’t disqualify a person from opposing the very evil that the ancestor engaged in; on the contrary, it may impose a special duty to do so. Calhoun was a bad person, and the SJW are right to have demanded this name change, as well as that of anything named for Wilson.

    Gunstar1 in reply to Milhouse. | February 24, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Good job at seeing things through the eyes of people today instead of what they were back then. Which was the point of the article.

    Hey, this guy did a lot of good stuff and you wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for him. Your response is “so what”.

    starride in reply to Milhouse. | February 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I only hope that, 200 years from now, the more enlightened people of tomorrow do not look at us with the same distain that some of us look at our forefathers with. Human lives and humanity is after all only human. As outspoken as some are on this blog, I truly wonder how some would fare if they were a product of different times and beliefs.