A colleague at Brown University sent this story to me. It relays how colleges and universities seem to be losing site of their goal: to educate future American citizens. Why is renaming Columbus Day as Fall Weekend a critical educational move? They claim that Columbus was tied to the enslavement and abuse of native inhabitants of the West Indies. Since when is it an acceptable standard in American academia to ignore history instead of use its errors to educate?
An obsession with political correctness at American universities has rapidly become a national phenomenon in recent years. A few colleges have really taken it too far.
Brown University’s faculty voted last week to rename Columbus Day “Fall Weekend” on the University’s calendar, a move that apparently was in step with the wishes of students according to a poll by the college newspaper The Brown Daily Herald. The poll revealed a majority of students disapproved of continuing to call the holiday Columbus Day.