Campus Reform | Flashback: Harvard students support movement to rename buildings...except when it comes to their own campus

Flashback: Harvard students support movement to rename buildings...except when it comes to their own campus

Most students agreed with the effort until they were asked about changing the name of the Kennedy School of Government for Kennedy’s controversial history with women

Earlier this year, Campus Reform asked Harvard students about the movement to rename buildings and remove statues of ‘controversial’ historical figures on campus

Earlier this year, Campus Reform Digital Reporter Eduardo Neret asked Harvard University students about the movement to rename buildings and remove statues on college campuses. 

The movement has grown in recent weeks as civil unrest and racial protests continue to spread across the country.

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Students initially told Neret they supported the movement to rename buildings and remove statues on campus.

“I think it’s an excellent idea,” one student said before adding that keeping these names and statues was “normalizing hate” and “normalizing sexism and racism.”

“A diverse group of people should be represented in any institution,” another added.

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However, many quickly backtracked when Neret asked about changing the name of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, considering Kennedy’s controversial history with women.

“I’m not sure. That’s a hard question to answer on the spot,” one student, who initially defended efforts to rename buildings, said.

“That’s a tricky one. I think with that we probably have bigger issues to worry about,” another student flip-flopped.

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