Students at a small Pennsylvania college are demanding that administrators rename a building called “Lynch Memorial Hall” because of the racial overtones of the word “lynch.”
The building is named after Clyde A. Lynch, who was president of Lebanon Valley College from 1932 until his death in 1950.
Students want school officials to either rename the building entirely or add Lynch’s first name and middle initial, saying the word recalls the public executions of black men by white mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
It was included on a list of demands that students presented to the school on Friday. Other demands include a more diverse curriculum, more sensitivity training for staff and regular surveys of the racial climate on campus.
School spokesman Marty Parkes said Tuesday that President Lewis Thayne is considering all of the demands and will address them at a forum next month.
More on the controversy here. You can’t make this stuff up. The man’s name is a trigger warning for these nuts.
The students demanding the changes are mostly black. And the Lynch situation is sparking some backlash.
More backlash, please. I cannot for the life of me understand why President Lewis Thayne wouldn’t tell these undergraduate nitwits straight up that their name-change request is absurd, insulting, and will not be considered. What are men and women like him so freaking afraid of? It boggles the mind.
Following weeks of protests against racial insensitivity on college campuses across the nation, the University of Pennsylvania has opted to change the title of its faculty masters.
The tenured, full-time professors who live in student dorms will now be called faculty directors. They provide academic and personal support to residents.
Over the last two weeks, Princeton and Harvard Universities also have agreed to change the titles; Yale University students and faculty are debating whether to follow suit. Supporters of the change argue that master connotes a legacy of slavery.
“In the wake of what was happening at Missouri, Yale, and Princeton, among other places, the question came up as to whether and how the faculty master title could be changed,” said Dennis DeTurck, a Penn math professor, dean, and faculty director.
UPDATE.2: Oh dear. Will Loretta Lynch, our African-American Attorney General, have to change her name or stay away from college campuses to avoid triggering students?