“A petition against the new name had stated it would create racial trauma.”
This story is a reminder that there are plenty of deeply unserious and unintelligent people in higher education.
The College Fix reports:
Wake Forest cancels new building name 19 days after canceling old building name
It’s the fastest cancel in the history of cancel culture.
It only took Wake Forest University 19 days to decide a new name it had given one of its buildings needed to be canceled.
In defense of Wake Forest, the new name chosen for the building was really, really dumb.
On May 7, Wake Forest University announced it would rename its Wingate Hall to “May 7, 1860 Hall” to mark the date it sold 16 slaves about 161 years ago.
“May 7, 1860, is the date Wake Forest sold at auction 16 human beings that a slave-owning benefactor bequeathed to the institution through his estate. By renaming this building, the University acknowledges participation in slavery, recognizes this aspect of its history and remembers those who labored at the institution against their will,” the university said in a news release at the time.
Washington Manly Wingate was the fourth president of Wake Forest University who held the title from 1853 to 1862, according to the university; after the Civil War, “Wingate contributed to the success of Wake Forest while actively promoting the institution of slavery.”
Fast-forward to May 26, when President Hatch sent a memo to the campus community explaining that officials decided to cancel the new building name.
Long story short, the old building name apparently offended some black students, and the new building name also apparently offended some black students.
A petition against the new name had stated it would create racial trauma.
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