Yale Worker Breaks Stained Glass Depicting Slaves

July 12, 2016

Corey Menafee, a black dishwasher at Yale University, is out of a job after he used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window (at right) portraying slaves carrying bales of cotton. The New Haven Independent quoted him as saying he was tired of looking at a "racist, very degrading" image on the job. He worked in Calhoun College, Yale's residential college named for John C. Calhoun, who campaigned tirelessly in Congress to preserve slavery and oppose any rights for black people. Yale this year, after a study, said it would not rename the college, as many students and faculty members have urged.

Yale released the following statement: "An incident occurred at Calhoun College, a residential college on the campus of Yale University, in which a stained glass window was broken by an employee of Yale, resulting in glass falling onto the street and near a passerby, endangering her safety. The employee apologized for his actions and subsequently resigned from the university. The university will not advocate that the employee be prosecuted in connection with this incident and is not seeking restitution."

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