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Student Wants Ronald Reagan’s Name Removed From UCLA Medical Center

Student Wants Ronald Reagan’s Name Removed From UCLA Medical Center

“disturbingly racist”

Some people on the left spend their days just thinking about who and what to try to cancel. It’s about power.

The College Fix reports:

Calling President Reagan ‘disturbingly racist,’ student wants his name stripped from med center

A UCLA student is calling for President Ronald Reagan’s name to be removed from the UCLA Medical Center, calling him “disturbingly racist” and arguing he did not address AIDS fast enough.

Founded in 1955, UCLA Medical Center became Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2008, according to its website.

“[A]s long as the hospital is associated with a figurehead whose actions were adversarial to health equity for people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community, these efforts to curb bias in health care ring hollow,” student Sophia Kloster argued in the Daily Bruin.

She cited then-Calif. Gov. Reagan’s 1971 phone call with President Richard Nixon, when he called shoeless African delegates at the United Nations “monkeys.” She also chastised Reagan for not confronting AIDS from the White House until 1985.

“It is hypocritical for the center to preach equity for people of all sexual orientations, races and ethnicities while simultaneously carrying the name of a president whose actions undermined those values and led to the deaths of thousands,” Kloster wrote.


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henrybowman | October 13, 2021 at 8:44 am

Student wants this, student wants that.
Anybody seen this Babylon Bee video?
The first portion is Today’s Truth to a T.

“adversarial to health equity”

You can justify anything if all you have to do is spout gibberish.

The Friendly Grizzly | October 13, 2021 at 11:01 am

Hey, student:

I want the growth taken out of my hand last week NOT to be full of Merkel’s Carcinoma.

I want not to have a PET scan tomorrow. I want not to hear it may have metastasized through my entire body, which has yet to be determined.

I don’t want further surgery on my hand and possibly lose my ability to use it. But young student, I can’t have everything. You can’t either.

Going against my usual rule of not using vulgarity‘s in a comment, go screw yourself.

dr. frank | October 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

Same old story, the patients are running the insane asylum.

Steven Brizel | October 13, 2021 at 10:37 pm

AIDS was caused by the irresponsible sexual practices of the gay community and sharing of hypodermic needles by drug addicts Reagan could not prevent those facts from happening

Steven Brizel | October 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm

If you want to visit a great historical museum go to the Ronald Reagan museum in California

lawgrad | October 14, 2021 at 9:48 am

I strongly believe that local governments and communities should make naming decisions about who they want to honor.

The fact is that there was a lobbying group that actively campaigned to have public places in all 50 states named after Ronald Reagan. The emergency room in George Washington University Hospital was named in his honor. (I think it was a fundraising strategy and not in response to donations.)

In the case of Washington National Airport, a bill was passed in Congress to rename that airport after Reagan. The local Congressman, James P Moran offered a substitute that the Bureau of the National Debt be named after him instead. The bill that was enacted specifically required that no funds be expended to make the name change. Republicans then lobbied to have the National Park Service, and local jurisdictions pay to have directional signs replaced to show the new name. The Washington Metro system, which had a stop named “Stadium/Armory” in front of the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium, refused to rename its “National Airport” stop, and Congress enacted another bill to cut all federal funding to Metro unless it renamed its “National Airport” Station. So Metro had to redo hundreds of directional signs that listed that station.

The point is that naming is political and that it may or may not represent the organic esteem that local communities hold for the honorees. Also, the cost of renaming can run into millions of dollars.

In the 1880s, there was a political movement to name a coast-to-coast route the “Lincoln HIghway” which inspired counter-movements to have a “Dixie Highway” and a “Lee Highway.” Arlington VA just renamed its segment of Lee Highway, Langston Highway. I am not sure that this is a good use of money because most people don’t remember which Lee the highway is named after. It could be some Chinese American or some Jewish American.

If the naming after Reagan was not coupled with a donation, and some donor offers $50 million to get the naming rights to the UCLA Hospital, it would recommend taking the deal. If some kid comes into the UCLA President’s Office asking for a rename, I suggest telling him to return after he raised $50 million on GoFundMe.

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