People are pushing to change the name of a building on the Yale University campus because it is named after a white supremacist.
A group of Yale University students and alumni have started an online petition calling for the university to rename Calhoun College, which is located on corner of Elm and College streets.
The Yale residential school was named after John C. Calhoun, who was a 19th century white supremacist. He was also the seventh United States vice president under John Quincy Adams.
“I know Yale is an older university and institution, but I think that there should be a change in the name of, especially since we should be representing different things than the name represents,” Yale student Elizabeth Zordani said.
Now, that petition is picking up steam. There is more than 1,200 signatures in support of getting the college re-named.
The group wrote a letter to the Yale administration.
“John C. Calhoun, for whom the college is named, was respected during his time as an extraordinary American statesman. But he was also one of the most prolific defenders of slavery and white supremacy in American history,” the letter stated.
Eyewitness News reached out to Yale.
“The university welcomes engagement and discussion on this important topic: the tragedy in Charleston, on top of countless preceding tragedies in our country’s history, has elevated public opinion and disclosure on difficult subjects that have too long been avoided,” Yale’s statement read.
After nine black worshipers were killed in a shooting at a Charleston church, many told Eyewitness News they feel it’s the right time for action.
“I think it should be done after what has happened in the past few weeks in America,” Zordani said.
There is also a lake named after Calhoun in Minneapolis. Many are asking for that to be changed.
If you want to take a look at the letter more in depth and see the petition, click here.
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