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Stanford Erasing Priest’s Name from Campus Over ‘Violence Against Native Americans’

Stanford Erasing Priest’s Name from Campus Over ‘Violence Against Native Americans’

“prominent role in the California missionary system and the treatment of Native Americans by missionaries”

I don’t know much about the history of Father Junipero Serra of California, but the charges against him are part of a growing trend on college campuses.

The College Fix reports:

Citing ‘violence against California Native Americans,’ Stanford to ax Junipero Serra’s name from campus features

Stanford University will remove Father Junipero Serra’s name from several high-profile campus features after a committee determined it would be the right thing to do, citing “the mission system’s violence against California Native Americans.”

St. Junipero Serra was a hugely influential Catholic priest who helped found the California mission system. This was arguably his most significant accomplishment. But according to the committee, made up of faculty, students, staff and alumni, it is also his biggest sin, according to the report.

The committee had evaluated Serra’s position on campus alongside his prominent role in the California missionary system and the treatment of Native Americans by missionaries. Published August 18, the report pointed to Stanford’s goal of “full inclusion of people of all backgrounds and perspectives” at the university.

“Because the mission system’s violence against California Native Americans is part of the history and memory of current members of the community, we believe that features named for Junipero Serra, who was the architect and leader of the mission system, are in tension with this goal of full inclusion,” it stated.

However, the report also recommended that other features on campus named for Spanish missionaries be spared. Why single out Serra? “Junipero Serra has a unique role and stature as the founder and leader of the mission movement,” the report stated.

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junipero serra couldn’t care less about his name on/off an increasingly hostile environment at what had been higber (instead of high!) education…
let the left continue their insane attempts to rewrite history..
wait til they try to get rid of los angeles, Sacramento, san Francisco, etc..

Native Americans are neither.

I wonder what the rather large Mexican population of California thinks about having their history erased.

Leftists love to rewrite history. They’ve been doing it enthusiastically since the beginning of Joseph Stalin’s reign.

Of course no one has stopped to question the validity, suitability, and wisdom of the goal of “full inclusion” whatever that means. If Stanford truly wants full-inclusion, they should drop all criteria to ALL schools and simply use a lottery system for admission. Yeah, you’ll get a few people with room temp IQ’s in the medical school, but just think of how much better and more complete you will feel.

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