[Ed. – Sow Stalinism, reap Stalinism.]
Yale University, considered one of the finest centers of higher education in the country, is forming a committee to examine procedures to rename buildings, monuments, and other campus features that may be “offensive” to one group or another.
What if you consider the committee itself an affront to free inquiry and a surrender to political correctness?
The Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming is exactly what it sounds like: A special group that will set rules to decide what aspects of Yale’s history should remain, and which should be purged.
The committee’s existence stems from the long-running controversy over Calhoun College, a residential college at the school named for John C. Calhoun, an American vice president who was a vocal defender of slavery. Many have called for Calhoun College to be renamed, with those calls gaining strength after the June 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, which sparked a general backlash against monuments to the Confederacy and slaveholders.
Back in April, Yale President Peter Salovey announced Calhoun College would not be renamed, despite protests. At the time, Salovey said renaming the college would go against Yale’s core principles, including its motto, Light and Truth. …
Now, Salovey seems to be setting the stage for a complete reversal of his original decision. …
To reduce the accomplishments of James Calhoun to slavery advocate whose name should be purged from Yale history, makes a mockery of the idea that Yale is an institution dedicated to freedom of thought and free inquiry. Calhoun was a giant of a legislator whose impact on mid-19th-century America was immeasurable.