Brown University Rejects Columbus, Loves Self

by Ryan on April 8, 2009

in Culture,Politics,Rhode Island

After a student petition and recent activism, Brown University (the Ivy League’s version of a ”safety” school) has officially renamed Columbus Day on its calender to “Fall Weekend” through a faculty vote.  This kind of politically correct nonsense is to be expected from such a liberal school, which needs a little intellectual diversity in their History Department. 

I will fully admit that Columbus is not going to win any posthumous Human Rights awards, but where does this stop?  George Washington owned slaves for goodness sake – should we nix him from our money?  Tear down his statues?  Rename our capital “Obama Town” after our shiny new Emperor? 

Hmm… the phrase “he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone” is something I heard some cool guy in sandals once said.  How about Brown University think about renaming itself! 

John and Moses Brown, direct relatives and contemporaries of Nicholas Brown for whom the school is named, were slave traders back in the day.  The Brown Family’s wealth and influence was tied to money made from among other things, the slave trade, including overseas trips (ever see Amistad?).  In fact, University Hall itself was built with slave labor!  The University admits this and wants a discussion, a dialogue, on their past.  More liberal self-wallowing — ain’t it cute :  )

So, here’s a question:  how can the faculty of Brown be against a holiday named after a man who was simply product of his time whose influence they benefit from directly, yet not vote to change their school’s own name or tear down their slave-hall funded by people who were average products of their time as well?  Columbus was bad to Amerindians; most of the Browns were bad to slaves.  Double-standard?  Nah, just the typical liberal intellectual paradigm:  one set of rules and standards for you, another for them.

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April 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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Heilan Yvette Grimes April 9, 2009 at 6:11 am

The students and faculty at Brown are correct. Columbus was not the hero we were taught in earlier history books. More recent history books are more truthful about him.

This has nothing to do with political correctness, and everything to do with historical accuracy.

You can check out my video about Columbus (which is historically accurate) on youtube at:

If the video seems to run too quickly for you to read the information, hit the pause/play button to stop it temporarily while you read. Then hit the pause/play button to start it up again.

Columbus did not discover America. The Vikings had settlements here (actually in North America) hundreds of years before. Columbus never even set foot on United States soil. He died thinking he had found a better trade route to India (hence First Nation people are called Indians).

Columbus engaged in genocide against the populations where he landed.

I urge everyone to research history and not rely on the inaccuracies you were taught years ago. There were lots of inaccurate stories in those history texts. My video above is a good starting place.


Ri Con April 9, 2009 at 9:53 am


If is such a horrible thing to celebrate the holiday, then shouldn’t the school be open for business on that day?? Umm..Nope, they are going to have “Fall Weekend”. This is hollow symbolism… If it’s a holiday not to be celebrated, then the Monday becomes just like any other Monday and the classes should be in session…or do union and faculty contracts force them to have the day as a “holiday” and the school doesn’t want to put it’s $$ where it’s mouth is…

Embarrased Brown Alum


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