“The only reason the name is being called into question is because President Reagan was a conservative Republican.”
The students who are trying to keep Ronald Reagan’s name on the facility are right. Reagan is being targeted because he was a conservative Republican.
Campus Reform reports:
Students petition to save Ronald Reagan’s name on UCLA campus medical center
A student at the University of California-Los Angeles argued that the school should remove former President Ronald Reagan’s name from its medical center.
Sophia Kloster, an opinion writer for campus newspaper The Daily Bruin, said that the hospital ought to be renamed to reflect its own values — namely, “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Citing the AIDS epidemic and racist comments, Kloster wrote:
“The name ‘Ronald Reagan’ does a disservice to the hundreds of medical professionals who provide quality care to patients day in and day out,” she continued. “The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is dedicated to promoting health equity — unlike the person it was named for.”
Conservative students in UCLA’s Turning Point USA chapter made a counter-petition.
“Fitting with the recent wave of renaming schools in the name of social justice, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) has been put forth as another ‘problematic’ name,” they write. “The only reason the name is being called into question is because President Reagan was a conservative Republican.”
UCLA TPUSA President Sarah Sleboda told Campus Reform that the group plans to start “promoting it on our social media platforms as well as connecting it to a QR code when we table on campus this week.”
“We formed this petition because we find it ridiculous that people are so offended by a name that they go through the effort of renaming buildings,” she added. “Ronald Reagan had monumental impacts on both California and the United States. We do not want his name erased from history.”
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