University of Georgia refuses to rename buildings, insists that ‘history’ teaches ‘important lessons’


Georgia’s public university system does not rename any of its 75 buildings associated with slavery or racial segregation, explaining that “history teaches us important lessons.”

“The purpose of history is to instruct” Board of Regents for the Public University System of Georgia Wrote in a statement. “History teaches us important lessons, empowering Georgia and its people if lessons are understood and applied.”

The board voted unanimously Monday against such changes, nearly a year after a committee was set up to study names and potential changes. The internal committee suggested that 75 buildings on campus be named after Confederate leaders and others.

Confederate Robert E.. The Stowell Jackson statues in Lee, Charlottesville, have been officially removed

“Going forward, the board is committed to naming actions that reflect the strength and power of Georgia’s diversity,” the board added.

Athens, Georgia, USA – May 7, 2010: Pillar front of the Garden Club of Georgia Headquarters House on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden on the grounds of the University of Georgia, Athens.
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The announcement comes after Georgia passed a law prohibiting the alteration of building names in 2019 to honor a “historic unit.” Many of the regents on the board of Georgia’s public university system have been appointed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who backed the 2019 law, Fox 5 reported.

Supporters of making changes to the names slammed the board after Monday’s decision.

“The Georgia administration’s decision to name the racists, separatists and white supremacists familiar with the state’s public colleges and universities is not surprising.

Protesters toppled Confederate statue on UNC campus

Statues of Christopher Columbus, Confederate leaders, Catholic saint Junipero Serra and others were toppled in the summer of 2020 amid riots and protests nationwide following the death of George Floyd. Other similar statues were removed or closed by local governments in 2021 last year.

A statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, is covered by a city worker.  (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

A statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, is covered by a city worker. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Some schools soon set up panels to investigate whether building names or statues were considered insensitive due to slavery, racial segregation, or the abuse of American Indians in US history. Towson UniversityFor example, the slave owner’s name was removed from two dorm halls earlier this year. In Chicago, the public school system vowed to rename it 30 bearing buildings Names of slaves.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in Richmond, VA.  (AP Photo / Steve Helber, pool, crews working to remove one of the nation's largest monuments to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee's tallest statue of Confederacy on Wednesday, 2021, on Memorial Avenue.)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in Richmond, VA. (AP Photo / Steve Helber, pool, crews working to remove one of the nation’s largest monuments to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s tallest statue of Confederacy on Wednesday, 2021, on Memorial Avenue.)
(AP Photo / Steve Helber, Pool)

Other schools, however, have taken the same approach as the public university system in Georgia and opted against changing names. Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University Earlier this year, it was voted to keep its name, which was conferred by the Confederate States Army’s commander, Robert E. Schneider. Lee honors them in part.

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