Clemson Petition

Students Want Calhoun's Name Gone

Evan Smith
February 11, 2019 - 4:47 pm

Students are seeking to change the name of a hall at Clemson to change what they call a “legacy of racism.” Here’s Evan Smith with more:

Clemson students have already made headlines for trying to change the name of Tillman Hall – named after former Governor and Senator Ben Tillman, a noted white supremacist – but while that debate has reached an impasse, a new petition has racked up hundreds of signatures of its own.

The latest petition seeks to remove the name of 19th Century South Carolina statesmen and slave owner John C Calhoun from the Calhoun Honors College.

John Calhoun famously strove to defend slavery as an institution in the lead up to the Civil War.

Students say the college beating his name perpetuates a legacy of racism.

Now University President Jim Clements has sent the petition to the school’s legal department to determine the next steps, although he took the tactical move of asserting he has not had time to read the petition yet.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest developments.

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