Building Named for Racist Again Vandalized at Winthrop

August 25, 2015

Winthrop University is one of several institutions debating what to do about buildings named for Ben Tillman, a racist 19th-century politician who played a key role in building up a number of public universities in South Carolina. On Monday, the university announced that a hall named for Tillman had been vandalized, the second such instance this year. The university did not reveal the nature of the vandalism, other than to reference graffiti. President Dan Mahony released a statement in which he criticized those who are opting for vandalism as opposed to participating in the campus discussions. "I do not believe we should allow anyone to force an action that would exclude our campus from the conversation," he said.

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