Students Protest Yale Decision to Keep Calhoun Name

May 2, 2016

Black students -- backed by many others -- are protesting Yale University's announcement last week that it is retaining the name of Calhoun College, a residential college named for John C. Calhoun, who was among the most notable political defenders of slavery in the United States. Yale said that removing the name -- as many minority students have demanded -- "could have the effect of hiding the legacy of slavery," and pledged to do more to provide context for the Calhoun name.

Students aren't accepting that. At a protest Friday, they referred to Calhoun by other names and planted signs on campus with other names or referring to "the college formerly known as Calhoun."

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