The faculty at Brown University, in an act of intellectual laziness and sanctimony toward political correctness voted last week to stop celebrating Columbus Day and replace it with “Fall Weekend.”
Why replace it with another day off? There’s no secular or religious command that people must have a sanctioned holiday in the second week of October. If they wish to disrespect America’s Columbian beginnings they should at least have the decency to go to work that day...
Since Brown wishes to distance itself from really bad people of antiquity, I suggest the faculty vote to close the university. Brown University was founded with slave money. Not just from guys who owned slaves, but from guys who owned slave ships!
Even the university’s namesake family, the Browns, were slave traders. They infamously sent the slave ship Sally to Africa to trade rum for slaves, bring 4 teenage slaves home for “family use” and sell the rest in the West Indies. Of the 196 people they packed below deck — because conditions were so awful — 68 died on the voyage. Now THOSE were some despicable people, those Browns. Surely the P.C. Brown University faculty will vote to close the school immediately.
What argument will they use not to do that — that there are other redeeming things about the university to celebrate? Certainly what is not a good enough reason to honor America will not be a good enough reason to honor Brown.
And Berkeley should change its name, too. The city is named after a slave-owning Anglican priest.