13 Feb 2017

Who Can Blame Him?

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Some News Agency reported yesterday:

Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera says he resigned from a voluntary position at Yale University after the school decided to change the name of a residential college that honors a slavery supporter.

Rivera said Sunday on Twitter that he resigned as an associate fellow of Calhoun College. He said the position was an honor “but intolerant insistence on political correctness is lame.”

Calhoun College was named after 19th century alumnus and former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an ardent supporter of slavery. After years of debate, Yale announced Saturday it is renaming the college after trailblazing computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper.

Yale said in a statement Sunday that it respected Rivera’s decision, but said its choice to rename the college was based on principle, not political correctness.

We might have saved John Calhoun’s college for him if we had just managed to convince Peter Salovey that Calhoun was actually a Muslim.

See: Georgetown Prof Defends Islamic Slavery

4 Feedbacks on "Who Can Blame Him?"

Old Salt

My father was a Yale alumni who passed away last year. He was disgusted by what Yale had become and left them exactly zero in his will.


The administrators of colleges are essentially running scared. Various official and unofficial organizations of professors/instructors will challenge them if they out of line. The problem is that power has been ceded to these professors and the people who support the colleges with money and legislation have either given away that power or have been ineffective in using it. I would not want to see any group have absolute power but that is where we have gotten to by default.

Seattle Sam

Old Salt

WSJ is behind a paywall. Probably points out that Elihu Yale did his share of slave trading while trading in East India.

Is there a Harriet Tubman U?


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