John C. Calhoun: NFL stars invite Clemson University to cut all ties with the former US Vice President who owns slaves

John C. Calhoun: NFL stars invite Clemson University to cut all ties with the former US Vice President who owns slaves

Clemson University is built on the farm of former Vice President Calhoun. Known for defending and possessing slavery 80 slaves by himselfCalhoun has become a controversial name on the Clemson Campus, where it is shown all the time, especially as the name College of Honor.

I have much enough.

Last week, a Clemson student began a Change.org Petition Calling for a rename of Calhoun Honors College, which has already obtained more than 12,500 signatures.
On Monday, DeAndre condemned Hopkins, a broad receiver in Cardinals Arizona, I collected it on Instagram For continuing to honor the name Calhoun – writing it is one of the reasons Clemson did not mention before the NFL games.

“I felt this unjust number during my time in Clemson and I don’t remember the name of the university before the NFL games because of that,” he wrote. “I join the voices of students and faculty who have resumed this petition to rename the Calhoun Honors College. I urge all Clemson students, footballers and alumni to join us, so that the next generation of young black leaders can be proud of the institution they are graduating from.”

Deshawon Watson, who is also a graduate of Clemson, joined Hopkins on Twitter, Saying that the name Calhoun should be removed from any ownership and programming.

“Clemson University should not honor slave owner John C. Calhoun in any way,” he wrote.

The controversy over Calhoun’s presence on the Clemson campus is not new. But it was revived as discussions about race and the legacy of slavery rose after the death of George Floyd while in custody of four Minneapolis police officers.

The petition description says Calhoun “embodies institutional racism and white supremacy” for his role in defending slavery.

In a statement to CNN, Mark Land Vice President of University Relations said that the university is aware of the current petition and “respects the opinions of those who raise the issue in this way.”

“The University continues to engage in the best way to build on our recent initiatives designed to make Clemson a place where all of our students, employees, and guests feel welcome at all times. This problem will be part of this effort,” the statement said.

Clemson University is not the only college to be under scrutiny in recent years.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced in 2018 that it will Plaque change Honoring William R. Kennan Sr. at Kennan Memorial Stadium to honor his son, William R. Kennan Jr. who gave the gift.
Kinan the father played a role In the Wilmington Riot in 1898, When a group of white militias staged a coup, intimidating and killing black residents and business owners, according to the student-run UNC Tar Heel.

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