Faculty at Brown University the seventh-oldest and arguably the most progressive of America's higher learning institutions caved into pressure by students and teachers trying to right the perceived wrongs of history by voting earlier this month to rename the Columbus Day holiday as "Fall Weekend."
Proponents cited Christopher Columbus' enslavement and violent treatment of Native Americans, and argued the name of the Italian explorer should be expunged from the day of celebration.FOXNews.com - Brown University Should Consider Name Change Due to Slave Ties, Critics Say - Local News | News Articles | National News | US NewsBrowns founder, the Rev. James Manning, was a slave owner who accepted donations from many slave owners and traders, including the Brown family. The four Brown brothers, a wealthy family from Providence, made their fortune in part by trading slaves.
John the second born was the college's treasurer and used slave laborers to construct campus buildings, including University Hall. Eldest brother Moses supported by family money freed his slaves and became an abolitionist, as did his nephew, Nicholas Jr., who became the university's namesake.
I'm amazed at the stupidity of some people in academia. I wonder if they're going to quietly change the name back to Columbus Day?