Two buildings at the University of Oregon will likely be renamed after a Black Lives Matter-affiliated student group presented administrators with a list of demands, and stated the buildings were named after allegedly racist men.
In order to take the first step in creating “a healthy and positive campus climate,” this group wants Deady Hall and Dunn Hall, named after Matthew Deady and Frederick Dunn, to be renamed.
According to Campus Reform:
“In November of 2015, the UO Black Student Task Force emailed a list of twelve demands to four top university administrators. In its email, the group claimed that “the historical structural violence and direct incidents of cultural insensitivity and racism” on campus create an environment that prevents black students from succeeding.
In addition to “consistently scheduled meetings to check on the status and implementation of [its] demands,” the Task Force also called for funding for a black cultural center, the hiring of an African-American student retention specialist, the creation of a blacks-only scholarship, and a required ethnic studies 101 course for all students.
On August 9, President Michael Schill released the results of the commissioned report detailing the historical backgrounds of Deady and Dunn. Three local historians worked on the project, according to The Register-Guard.”
The report found that in 1857, Deady presided over Oregon’s Constitutional Convention, which legislated a ban on free black Americans living in the state. Deady then changed his views later in life when he supported the 14th and 15th Amendments while also ruling in favor of many Chinese immigrants and Native Americans during his tenure as a judge.
Frederick Dunn who was a professor at UO, was a member of Eugene’s Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and also held allegedly anti-Catholic views.
These buildings will likely be renamed, and once again, political correctness wins.
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