DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson referred to as on Clemson College to remove a college named after former Vice President John C. Calhoun due to his ties to slavery.
Calhoun served as vp beneath Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, and was a U.S. senator from South Carolina who later served because the secretary of protection. Calhoun strongly favored slavery through the 1800s and seen it as a “positive good.” He additionally enslaved round 80 African-Individuals, in accordance to a biography on the college’s web site.
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Calhoun Honors College at Clemson College encourages college students to attend examine overseas packages and carry out undergraduate analysis.
“I felt this oppressive figure during my time at Clemson and purposely do not mention the University’s name before NFL games because of it,” Hopkins wrote in an Instagram publish. “I am joining the voices of the students and faculty who have restarted this petition to rename the Calhoun Honors College. I urge all Clemson students, football players, and alumni to join us, so the next generation of young Black leaders can be proud of the institution they graduate from. Now is the time for change.”
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Watson additionally voiced his considerations.
“Clemson University should not honor slave owner John C. Calhoun in any way,” Watson tweeted. “His name should be removed from all University property and programming. I am joining the students, faculty & DeAndre to restart this petition to rename the Calhoun Honors College.”
Each gamers, who performed soccer at Clemson, inspired their followers to signal a Change.org petition urging college officers to remove Calhoun’s name from the constructing.
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Hopkins and Watson had been additionally teammates on the Houston Texans till a couple of months in the past. The Texans traded Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.