“names or representations should be removed in view of their past advocacy or support of activities that many members of our community would today find abhorrent”
This is so hypocritical. Harvard can rename everything on campus, but they will never drop the name Harvard. Know why? Because it’s a billion dollar brand. Same applies to Yale.
The College Fix reports:
Harvard to explore renaming *almost everything* named for historical figures on campus (seriously)
Harvard University recently announced its 16-person committee to explore the possible renaming of buildings, programs, professorships and places on campus.
The committee at this point will not rename anything but has been asked to develop the guidelines for determining what should and should not be renamed.
Harvard President Lawrence Bacow explained in the school’s news release:
Over decades and centuries, Harvard has attached many different names to many different things—buildings and other spaces, professorships, centers, academic programs, and more. Increasingly, members of our community are raising questions about the propriety of past decisions to recognize certain historical figures by having named things for them or by honoring them with artifacts such as statues or portraits. More specifically, questions are being raised about whether these individuals’ names or representations should be removed in view of their past advocacy or support of activities that many members of our community would today find abhorrent.
Bacow (pictured) asked the committee, composed of administrators, students and professors, to consider a variety of questions. He picked former Harvard president Drew Faust to lead the committee.
“How should judgments about removing names or artifacts take into account not only the individual’s failings and flaws but also the individual’s positive contributions to the University and to society?” Bacow asked.
“Are there circumstances in which a historical figure’s name should be removed, or retained, for some purposes (or in some places) but not others?” Bacow suggested as another guiding question.
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