If you want to be entertained by the insanity that is American higher education, where the focus has shifted entirely from expanding their brains to pandering to their ignorant social justice concerns, you can read Power Line’s take on the obsessive lengths to which Yale went, first to consider changing Calhoun College’s name and second to explaining its decision not to change the name — along with its groveling promise to keep the name as “teaching” device about the evils of slavery and, presumably, of America. I’m more interested in the media headlines about the story:
- The New York Times goes for bland: “Yale Defies Calls to Rename Calhoun College.”
- The New York Times, in its reprint of the AP article on the story, also goes for an attack on America’s slavery past: “Yale to Keep Name of College Honoring Supporter of Slavery“
- Inside Higher Ed opts for an attack on America’s slavery past: “Yale keeps name for college that honors slavery apologist.“
- The Washington Post is a little more oblique about the slavery angle: “Yale keeps the Calhoun name despite racial concerns, but ditches the ‘master’ title“
I despise all those headlines, of course, since they miss the pertinent point about Calhoun: He was a Democrat obsessed with race and determined to use government power to keep blacks socially and economically subordinate to whites.