How much does it cost to remove an historic symbol of racism from your campus? At Vanderbilt, the figure has been set at $1.2 million. Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos recently announced that the Nashville-based university was paying that sum to the United Daughters of the Confederacy to rename Confederate Memorial Hall to simply, Memorial Hall.
This follows similar steps by Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, Oregon and other institutions that are considering or have already acquiesced to student demands to rename streets and buildings on their campuses. These changes have been made despite pushback at what some see as political correctness run amok.
Nonsense. There is a place to memorialize the Confederacy – in a museum. Props to the alumni who recognized that and paid the $1.2 million to move Vanderbilt into modern times.