USA: Ivy League universities wrestle with ties to slavery, racism
USA/July 11, 2020/By: The Daily Pennsylvanian/Source: https://www.universityworldnews.com/
Several Ivy League universities are coming to terms with their connections to slavery as Black Lives Matter protests sweep across America, writes Ekram Ibrahim for The Daily Pennsylvanian.
On Saturday 27 June, Princeton University announced that former United States president Woodrow Wilson’s name will be removed from its public policy school and its residential college due to Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies”.
Similar to demands at Princeton, students at other Ivy League institutions have been petitioning their schools to re-address their historical ties to racist practices, in the hopes of affecting present change. After far-right media pundit Ann Coulter stated that Yale’s namesake Elihu Yale was a slave owner and slave trader in a 17 June op-ed, calls to “#CancelYale” quickly spread through social media.
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