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Brown and Slavery


If you have ever doubted that many higher ed administrators don’t really
have much to do, consider this story from Inside Higher Ed about
Brown University’s plan to create “memorials and social justice efforts
meant to acknowledge and make amends for the past.”

According to one professor, Brown has “corpses on the quad” because the
school’s founders were complicit in the slave trade.  That was 250 years
ago, but why let the passage of a lot of time get in the way of a good bit
of hand wringing and self-abuse?  Those memorials and “social justice
efforts” will make a few people feel better for events they had nothing to
do with. The expense, of course, will be borne by others.


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