Clemson University was built in the plantation of former Vice President Calhoun. Known for defending slavery and property 80 slaves himself
, Calhoun has become a controversial name on the University of Clemson campus, where it appears in its entirety, mainly as the name of the school’s Honors College.
And many had enough.
Last week, a Clemson student started Change.org report
calling for the renaming of Calhoun Honors College, which has already garnered more than 12,500 signatures.
And on Monday, DeAndre Hopkins, a major recipient of Arizona cardinals, condemned the his alma mater on Instagram
to continue to honor Calhoun’s name – writing that it’s one of the reasons he didn’t mention Clemson before the NFL games.
“I felt this oppressive figure during my time at Clemson and I deliberately did not mention the name of the University before the NFL games because of that,” he wrote. “I am participating in the voices of students and teachers who have re-launched this report to rename Calhoun Honors College. I urge all Clemson students, footballers and alumni to join us so that the next generation of young black leaders can they are proud of the institution from which they graduated. “
Deshaun Watson, also a Clemson graduate, joined Hopkins on Twitter
, saying that Calhoun’s name should be removed from any property and planning.
“Clemson University should not honor slave owner John C. Calhoun in any way,” he wrote.
The debate over Calhoun’s presence on Clemson’s campus is not new. But it has revived as discussions on race and slavery have escalated since the death of George Floyd while four Mineapolis police officers were in custody.
The report says Calhoun “is an example of institutional racism and white supremacy” for his role in supporting slavery.
In a statement to CNN, Vice President of University Relations Mark Land said the university is aware of the current report and “respects the views of those who bring the issue in this way”.
“The University continues to better engage with our recent initiatives designed to make Clemson a place where all our students, staff and visitors feel welcome at all times. This issue will be part of that effort,” he said. said the statement.
Clemson University is not the only college that has come under scrutiny in recent years.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced in 2018 that it would change the plates
honoring William R. Kenan Sr. at Kenan Memorial Stadium to honor his son, William R. Kenan Jr., who made the gift.
Kenan Sr. played a role
in the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898
, when a group of white militias revolted in a coup, terrorizing and killing black residents and business owners, according to the UNC-run Daily Tar Heel.
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