Protests have even impacted Yale University. One of these protests asked the school to change a college’s name. The Calhoun residential college has been named that for 86 years. who is Calhoun anyway?
The school is named “for John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina native who served as U.S. vice president under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. He graduated from Yale College in 1804” (Reuters, 2017.) He was pro slavery.
Slavery supporter to woman mathematician
The school has chosen to change the name to honorGrace Murray Hopper, an alumnus who received a PhD in mathematics and mathematical physics in 1934. It described Hopper, who died in 1992, as a trailblazing computer scientist and a brilliant mathematician who also served as a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
“The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly,” Yale President Peter Salovey said in a statement about the residential college’s name that has existed for 86 years.
“Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values,” he added. What do you think?