And many have had enough.
“I felt this oppressive figure during my time at Clemson and purposely do not mention the University’s name before NFL games because of it,” he wrote. “I am joining the voices of the students and faculty who have restarted this petition to rename the Calhoun Honors College. I urge all Clemson students, football players, and alumni to join us, so the next generation of young Black leaders can be proud of the institution they graduate from.”
“Clemson University should not honor slave owner John C. Calhoun in any way,” he wrote.
The description of the petition says Calhoun “exemplifies institutional racism and white supremacy,” for his role in advocating for slavery.
In a statement to CNN, Vice President for University Relations Mark Land said the university is aware of the current petition and “respects the views of those bringing the issue forward in this manner.”
“The University continues to engage in how best to build on our recent initiatives designed to make Clemson a place where all our students, employees and guests feel welcome at all times. This issue will be part of that effort,” the statement read.
Clemson University is not the only college to come under scrutiny in recent years.
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