Category Archive 'Elihu Yale'
22 Jun 2020
According to Rod Dreher: “Statue of Elihu Yale December 31, 2009”.
Writing at (the frequently misnamed) American Conservative, Rod Dreher says:
Ann Coulter is pushing a brilliant campaign to compel Yale University to change its name:
How about a bill withholding all federal funds from Yale University until it changes its name? The schoolâ€™s namesake, Elihu Yale, was not only a slave owner, but a slave trader.
Quite a dilemma for the little snots who attend and teach there! It will be tremendously damaging to their brand. After all, true sublimity for a Social Justice Warrior is virtue signaling and advertising their high SAT scores at the same time.
Elihu Yale was certainly that: a slave trader, and a cruel man. Yale University bears his name because he was an early benefactor of the school.
Yale changed the name of Calhoun College in 2017, because its namesake, 19th century Yale alumnus John C. Calhoun, was pro-slavery. So why is Yale not jettisoning its name? Why the hypocrisy?
The answer, of course, is that â€œYaleâ€ is a global brand of almost matchless prestige. In terms of branding â€” which is not the same as quality â€” Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge are among its only competitors. To surrender â€œYaleâ€ would be a severe blow to the value of a Yale diploma, precisely because of the sense of elite identity Yale has accrued over the centuries.
So, how serious do the leftist Yalies â€” alumni, faculty, administrators, and students â€” take their moral commitment? They are very happy to strip other people of their problematic historical identities, in the name of moral purity. How do they justify not applying the same standards to themselves?
Surely it cannot be the case that they want other people to pay a price for historical identity, but donâ€™t want to pay it themselves. Yale was founded as the â€œCollegiate School,â€ before changing its name to Yale in honor of a major donor. Why not switch back to Collegiate School? The answer is that to do that would be like Marilyn Monroe at the height of her fame choosing to revert to her birth name, Norma Jeane Baker. Not quite the same thing, is it?
The irony of changing the name of Calhoun College while retaining the name of the college’s early benefactor was noted originally by Roger Kimball.
Maybe they will rename Yale. I would put nothing past them.
The statue on the Old Campus (above) is not Elihu Yale. Wrong by centuries, Rod. It’s Theodore Dwight Woolsey (1801 â€“ 1889), Philosophy professor and President of Yale College from 1846 through 1871.
And how could anyone possibly know that Elihu Yale was “a cruel man”? He might have been a complete pussycat.
04 Feb 2017
John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850), Yale Class of 1804, 7th Vice President of the United States 1825-1832.
Peter Salovey’s hand-picked committee of Social Justice Warriors has deliberated and, what do you know? They decided that John C. Calhoun should be singled out among all nine slave-owner and slavery defender namesakes of three quarters of the original twelve Yale residential colleges for elimination.
Oldest College Daily:
A University task force has recommended that Calhoun College be renamed, according to Yale officials with knowledge of the groupâ€™s report.
The recommendation from the task force, which was charged with applying the Universityâ€™s newly created principles on renaming to the Calhoun debate, positions the Yale Corporation to rename the college when it meets the weekend of Feb. 10 and 11.
University President Peter Salovey formed the Calhoun task force in December, after the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming released its report. The task force consisted of two faculty members, history professor John Gaddis and English and African American Studies professor Jacqueline Goldsby GRD â€™98, and one alumnus, G. Leonard Baker â€™64. Both Gaddis and Goldsby signed a faculty petition last spring calling for the renaming of Calhoun, named after slavery proponent John C. Calhoun, class of 1804.
On Jan. 13, the task force submitted its recommendation â€” which came in the form of a report running less than 10 pages â€” to Salovey, who will present it to the Corporation at the February meeting.
Last month, Salovey told the News that he did not plan to release the recommendation until after that meeting. Salovey was not involved in the task forceâ€™s deliberations, although he did have some input on the final draft of the report.
â€œThe task force did their work independently, and their analysis and recommendations are their own,â€ Salovey said in January. â€œThey gave me the courtesy of letting me see a next-to-final draft of their report, and make some comments. But my comments to them were really only about sort of clarifying the way their findings were expressed.â€
If the Corporation accepts the task forceâ€™s recommendation, the University trustees would be voting to reverse their decision last April to keep Calhounâ€™s name. The April renaming decision incited months of student and faculty backlash, and helped unite Yale activists and New Haven community members in a growing â€œchange the nameâ€ movement.
Last August, primarily in response to faculty criticism of the decision to keep the name of Calhoun, Salovey charged the CEPR with outlining broad guidelines for all renaming disputes at the University, starting with Calhoun. The committee released its 24-page report on Dec. 2, calling on administrators to consider historical context as they determine whether the legacies of controversial namesakes like Calhoun justify renaming campus buildings.
Vice President for Communications Eileen Oâ€™Connor declined to comment on the nature of the task forceâ€™s recommendation, but said the Corporation will decide the Calhoun issue at its meeting later this month.
â€œWe have a process, weâ€™re following the process, and weâ€™ll take all the information into account when we make a decision in the best interests of the University,â€ Oâ€™Connor said.
Why stop there? Roger Kimball asked last August in the WSJ:
I have unhappy news for Mr. Salovey. In the great racism sweepstakes, John Calhoun was an amateur. Far more egregious was Elihu Yale, the philanthropist whose benefactions helped found the university. As an administrator in India, he was deeply involved in the slave trade. He always made sure that ships leaving his jurisdiction for Europe carried at least 10 slaves. I propose that the committee on renaming table the issue of Calhoun College and concentrate on the far more flagrant name â€œYale.â€
Elihu Yale had a little black page.
12 Mar 2007
Elihu Yale with servant
Oh, Yale was begun back in Seventeen One
With a gift of books weighing nigh a ton.”
the old song inaccurately states.
In reality, it was in 1718 that the Welsh nabob Elihu Yale (1649-1721) responded affirmatively to a request from Cotton Mather, and bestowed 417 books, along with “nine bales of goods” worth over Â£560, and a portrait of King George I upon the then struggling Collegiate School of Connecticut. This bequest permitted the erection of a new building to house the college in New Haven, which was duly named for its benefactor.
The March/April issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine contains an article (not yet on-line) informing us that last month the University agreed to remove a portrait of Elihu Yale from the Corporation Room in Woodbridge Hall, in response to complaints.
The dark and antique portrait shows Yale sitting beside a window displaying his trading ships, attended by a dusky servant wearing a metal collar.
The forces of Political Correctness are long on outrage, and short on acumen, and have unhappily mistaken the dark-skinned Indian servant for an American Negro slave, and the servant’s ornamental silver collar as a yoke of bondage.
Yale may be an educational institution, but University Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer JD’77 has announced that the task of educating the offended is beyond Yale’s abilities. “Since the portrait is confusing without the explanation [that Elihu Yale did not own slaves], I have decided it would be prudent to exchange that portrait of Elihu to another one in the Universityâ€™s collection,â€ Lorimer said.
Ah, the courage of our University officials!
Yale Daily News, February 7
Hartford Courant, February 8
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