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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.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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