February 12, 2017: Is it OK to Airbrush History?

Feb 13, 2017, 03:35 AM

Yale University will rename one of its residential colleges, replacing the name of an alumnus remembered as an advocate of slavery with that of an alumna who was a pioneering mathematician and computer scientist who helped transform the way people use technology. The decision to rename Calhoun College reverses one made last spring, when Yale President Peter Salovey said he did not want to erase history, but confront it and learn from it. Colleges across the country - as well as other institutions, cities and legislative bodies - have wrestled with similar questions, as they consider monuments to the past in the context of modern life. Racial tensions and protests have intensified those debates in many places, as well as anger from some about 'political correctness' forcing schools to whitewash history.