“because of anti-Chinese immigration beliefs he held in the 1800s”
Do schools have teams of people combing through their history, just looking for this sort of thing?
The College Fix reports:
UC Berkeley law school moves to rename building over racism concerns
UC Berkeley School of Law officials appear poised to strip the name of an early benefactor of the school off one of its buildings because of anti-Chinese immigration beliefs he held in the 1800s.
A report recommending as much has been commissioned, and comments from law school officials this month indicate the decision, expected in November, heavily favors a move to wipe the name “Boalt” off the Berkeley map, despite alumni who affectionately have called themselves “Boalties” over the decades.
But he “made deeply offensive and racist statements,” according to the law school’s dean.
Concerns over John Boalt’s legacy at Berkeley School of Law come from Boalt’s authoring of an 1877 paper titled “The Chinese Question.” The paper advocated for placing limits on Chinese immigration to the United States.
The paper contained statements saying that Chinese people provoked “an unconquerable repulsion” in Americans and that the “Chinaman has brought to us and planted within our border all the vicious practices and evil tendencies of his home.”
Boalt’s legacy comes from his wife, according to a historical account posted on the school’s website. Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt paid for the construction of a new building for the university’s growing law school in the early 20th century, and the building was named after her husband in an effort to memorialize him.
In 1951, the law school moved from being housed entirely in that building to a larger building that kept Boalt’s name but took on different titles for its library and moot court space.
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