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UC Berkeley Adjunct Calls For Renaming Building Because of Namesake’s Alleged Anti Chinese Sentiment

UC Berkeley Adjunct Calls For Renaming Building Because of Namesake’s Alleged Anti Chinese Sentiment

“The Chinese Question”

Removing statues and renaming buildings makes liberals feel better about themselves but it also erases history which should be remembered.

Berkeley is the latest to get in on this. Charles Reichmann, an adjunct at Berkeley, recently wrote this for the San Francisco Chronicle:

The case for renaming Boalt Hall

Berkeley Law’s main classroom building is named Boalt Hall after John Henry Boalt, whose widow, Elizabeth Josselyn, made a substantial donation to erect a building in memory of her husband, dedicated in 1911…

Who was Boalt? Berkeley Law’s website identifies him only as an attorney and the husband of its benefactor. An established lawyer in Nevada, Boalt moved to California in 1871 at a time when Chinese immigration was rising in the state. From the time of the Gold Rush, Chinese settlers had come to California, but the 1870s saw their numbers increase 67 percent. By 1880 a full 8.7 percent of California’s population was Chinese, with few eligible for citizenship. The 1870s were also an era of economic crisis and increasing class tensions. Labor groups — and politicians eager to court them — blamed the Chinese for unemployment, poor working conditions and low wages. The call for Chinese exclusion began to be heard in the Golden State.

Boalt prospered in California and soon was president of the Bohemian Club. In 1877, Boalt delivered an influential address, “The Chinese Question,” at the Berkeley Club. …

Recognizing the limits of California’s power in the federal system, Boalt proposed an unprecedented move — holding an advisory ballot measure to send a message to Eastern elites that California spoke with one voice on the Chinese. The Chronicle praised this proposal and the Legislature agreed; it was signed into law late in 1877, and two years later the voters by large majorities voted to advise Congress to put an end to Chinese immigration.

Boalt’s virulently racist “The Chinese Question” was included in an official report of the state of California, thousands of copies of which were distributed to influence newspapers and elected officials throughout the land. In 1882, largely as a result of California’s lobbying, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law banning a group of immigrants solely on the basis of race or nationality.

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Walker Evans | June 2, 2017 at 12:28 am

How long do you suppose it will be before the snowflake fringe discovers that Berkeley was named after an Anglo-Irish Bishop and starts demanding the city change its name? I mean, after all … not only a white European, but a member of the Catholic Nobility as well! Sacrilege … er … or something.

It’s amazing. John Henry Boalt had anti-Chinese sentiments in 1877 and wanted to discriminate against them through our immigration policy, so his name has to come of the building. So sez the University that in 2017 actually discriminates against Chinese students through its admissions policy.

It seems to me that the name is a perfect fit for such a university.