In news that will make your head hurt, the University of Southern California is making a Task Force on University Nomenclature, for the sole purpose of coming up with a process to rename buildings and monuments that might “cause pain.”
Go ahead and insert eye roll here.
Provost Michael Quick sent a memo Monday to the USC community noting that “we are having important conversations about the names of certain buildings, monuments, and symbols” and that “many of these from our past may evoke views and practices that we no longer support and may cause pain for members of our community.”take our poll - story continues below
“As we strive to be a national leader in equity and inclusion,” Quick added, “we must ensure that we uphold our own values and create a safe, welcoming, and supportive campus.”
With that, Quick announced the creation of the Task Force on University Nomenclature, which will be chaired by Paula Cannon, professor of molecular microbiology and former president of the Academic Senate, and Ainsley Carry, vice president of Student Affairs, the paper said.
“This has been part of a national movement … for a number of institutions like ourselves, including Michigan, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and Stanford,” Carry told the paper. “They have done exactly what we are getting ready to do … through whatever [ways] it came to their attention … so university’s [sic] had to create a process to interrogate this.”
“This task force must embody a progressive mission to shed light on USC’s … cultural hegemony that continue to harm our marginalized student communities,” Ebadi told the paper. “New naming policies must be developed to address these inequities alongside formative solutions and help guide the University into an age of true commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
How in the world can the name of a building or monument cause someone emotional distress? Is this really the kind of world we all live in right now? Seriously?
Add this to the list of ridiculousness coming out of major universities, like safe spaces and free speech zones. If you aren’t already terrified by the prospect of this generation taking over the country, you aren’t thinking this all through.