Yale students are furious the university decided to keep the name of a slave owner on one of its 12 colleges

John C. Calhoun.
John C. Calhoun. Mathew Brady – Sotheby’s, Public Domain

Yale University announced Wednesday that Calhoun College, one of  12 residential colleges, would retain its name despite recent calls for change. The college was named for John C. Calhoun, a 19th-century alumnus and a fervent supporter of slavery.

That decision came on the heels of protests over racial tensions and brought months of deliberation on the issue to a close, and the lack of change roiled the anger of many students.

“We spent the entire year discussing this with you, and you turned around and did nothing,” Yale student Yonas Takele, said at Yale town hall meeting, according to the Yale Daily News. “You had an opportunity to stand and do the right thing,” Takele continued, directing his comments toward Yale President Peter Salovey. “It’s on you, and I want you to know that. I have no respect for you.”

On Twitter, angry reactions from students poured forth using the hashtag #wrongmoveYale.



Students also tweeted their reactions during an intense town-hall meeting on Yale’s campus Thursday. Students taped their mouths shut in protest and threw fake $1 million bills at Salovey.

Students also walked out on Salovey before the town hall finished, Yale senior Brea Baker told Business Insider.

As of 3 p.m. on Friday, about 100 students, dressed in black, stood in front of Calhoun College in an act of protest, Yale Daily News managing editor Emma Platoff tweeted.


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