Baylor University announcement

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BaylorBears_254
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Black Lives Matter folks
Timbear
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Only if it can be blamed on Racism. All Black Lives Don't matter to all Blacks.
Timbear
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Please don't act like an idiot, 254. You may have other problems that you blame on Racism.
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BaylorBears_254 said:

Timbear said:

Please don't act like an idiot, 254. You may have other problems that you blame on Racism.


Im no idiot Timmy lol. I blame nothing on racism. I just understand the different aspects of what the world shows and what certain races go through on a daily basis masta
254...you have as much intelligence as an amoeba. All you do is stir up trouble. By the way, if you really want to understand half of what you speak I would strongly advise you to devour everything Eudora Welty wrote. I don't think you have a clue about what different races go through on so-called daily basis. You can't be everywhere at once. You have much deeper issues than talking trash on here. What's wit the "lol" crap after every sentence. That is one of the things that makes you look so diminished and small.

You really need to spend some time with a Hemmingway or Faulkner novel and re-educate yourself to people who know how to convey what people go through. You seem lost or are you just following me from thread to thread for a good comeback?

If you cared about solutions you'd actually throw out a few rather using "masta" and "lol" and that outdated BS. Maybe you are incapable. I don't know but you are not right.
Timbear
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254 is the only one using Racial terms. This isn't 1860, and 254 has never been a slave. What's this masta crap. Is that a new pasta dish at Olive Garden?
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Timbear said:

254 is the only one using Racial terms. This isn't 1860, and 254 has never been a slave. What's this masta crap. Is that a new pasta dish at Olive Garden?
he just enjoys being a smart ***. I' ve blocked him
perrynative
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He/she is typical.
Mothra
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PartyBear said:

No


If Baylor owned slaves, you can bet your life on it.
Oldbear83
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PartyBear said:

Baylor is finally in the USSR. These are good steps.
Corrected for accuracy
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SIC EM 94 said:

When will Baylor/Livingstone issue a statement about how Baylor's Christian mission compares to the stated beliefs of the Black Lives Matter movement?

https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/

If you thought the whole BOR/Pepper Hamilton fiasco was a disaster, just wait to see how this plays out!
They also have a plank about getting rid of capitalism and another pro abortion plank, that they conveniently leave off their main web site.

Kinda like the "Word of Faith" churchs that leave some of their main directives out of their "what we believe" statement.

anti capitalism plank...

Start a "global liberation movement" to overthrow capitalism: "The interlinked systems of white supremacy, imperialism, capitalism and patriarchy shape the violence we face," the M4BL/BLM platform states. "As oppressed people living in the US, the belly of global empire, we are in a critical position to build the necessary connections for a global liberation movement. Until we are able to overturn US imperialism, capitalism and white supremacy, our brothers and sisters around the world will continue to live in chains."

abortion plank........

"We deserve and thus we demand reproductive justice [i.e., abortion] that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities while ensuring that our children and families are supported, safe, and able to thrive."



Not sure why they chose to pull these off the main page, but the abortion plank used to be wedged between the "disrupt the nuclear family" link and the "queer normative" affirming link.

Now it is left off, even though you know in reality, it's still there.
Goldgreenbear
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Not happening.
Carlos Safety
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Jack Bauer said:

And so Rice University is going to become Nerd Houston University?


Sir, do you mean it is not already?
Goldgreenbear
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PartyBear said:

Baylor is finally in the 21st Century. These are good steps.


Good steps? How so? Erasing history in an attempt to replace it? For heavens sake, the school was founded in 1845!!!! People had slaves. Im not advocating that that is a good thing. But it happened. All over! You think renaming the university is the right thing? Thats cool. I, along with thousands of others, will be happy to start a lawsuit opposing any such change. And leave Judge Baylor's statue the hell alone! If the school changes its name, I will definitely sue for tuition reimbursement. I attended Baylor University. Not whatever the hell Millenial PC crap one of you comes up with.
bear2be2
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A question for all you boomers out there:
RD2WINAGNBEAR86
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bear2be2 said:

A question for all you boomers out there:

So please let us know what people born between 1946 and 1964 hate exactly? So you are prejudiced against people solely because of their age? You are a work in progress. Not sure you got this woke thing completely figured out yet.
bear2be2
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RD2WINAGNBEAR86 said:

bear2be2 said:

A question for all you boomers out there:

So please let us know what people born between 1946 and 1964 hate exactly? So you are prejudiced against people solely because of their age? You are a work in progress. Not sure you got this woke thing completely figured out yet.
Change, for one.
RD2WINAGNBEAR86
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bear2be2 said:

RD2WINAGNBEAR86 said:

bear2be2 said:

A question for all you boomers out there:

So please let us know what people born between 1946 and 1964 hate exactly? So you are prejudiced against people solely because of their age? You are a work in progress. Not sure you got this woke thing completely figured out yet.
Change, for one.
Most of the time, change can be good. But many times, change for the sake of change can be fatal. I have seen it happen to companies, countries, and people.

MANSA - "Make America Not Scared Again!"
SIC EM 94
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bear2be2 said:

A question for all you boomers out there:



Class of 2006 aren't ya?
GolemIII
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George Truett
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Russell Gym said:



Looks like a lot of renamings could be on the table ...
Good for BU!

A historic reckoning is long overdue.
George Truett
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Goldgreenbear said:

PartyBear said:

Baylor is finally in the 21st Century. These are good steps.


Good steps? How so? Erasing history in an attempt to replace it? For heavens sake, the school was founded in 1845!!!! People had slaves. Im not advocating that that is a good thing. But it happened. All over! You think renaming the university is the right thing? Thats cool. I, along with thousands of others, will be happy to start a lawsuit opposing any such change. And leave Judge Baylor's statue the hell alone! If the school changes its name, I will definitely sue for tuition reimbursement. I attended Baylor University. Not whatever the hell Millenial PC crap one of you comes up with.

How is changing or removing monuments erasing history?

It appears to me that they're bringing more history to the conversation and hopefully replacing a sanitized history with the real one.

We need to be open and reckon with our sins of racism, xenophobia, and more.

To be sure, our historical leaders were persons of their times. But even by the standards of their times, some of them were pretty bad. Judge Baylor is one of them.
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George Truett said:

Russell Gym said:



Looks like a lot of renamings could be on the table ...
Good for BU!

A historic reckoning is long overdue.
You sure you want to ride that train?
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Jack and DP
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George Truett said:

Goldgreenbear said:

PartyBear said:

Baylor is finally in the 21st Century. These are good steps.


Good steps? How so? Erasing history in an attempt to replace it? For heavens sake, the school was founded in 1845!!!! People had slaves. Im not advocating that that is a good thing. But it happened. All over! You think renaming the university is the right thing? Thats cool. I, along with thousands of others, will be happy to start a lawsuit opposing any such change. And leave Judge Baylor's statue the hell alone! If the school changes its name, I will definitely sue for tuition reimbursement. I attended Baylor University. Not whatever the hell Millenial PC crap one of you comes up with.

How is changing or removing monuments erasing history?

It appears to me that they're bringing more history to the conversation and hopefully replacing a sanitized history with the real one.

We need to be open and reckon with our sins of racism, xenophobia, and more.

To be sure, our historical leaders were persons of their times. But even by the standards of their times, some of them were pretty bad. Judge Baylor is one of them.


Please educate us on how bad Judge Baylor was, even for the times he lived in.
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Racial justice advocates urge Baylor to go deep in confronting racist past

By RHIANNON SAEGERT rsaegert@wacotrib.com
As Baylor University pledges to reckon with the racism in its long past, historians and campus activists are hoping the quest will lead to lasting change beyond plaques and monuments.

The Baylor Board of Regents passed a resolution last week acknowledging that the university's key founders owned slaves or advocated for slavery. Regents said a Commission on Historic Campus Representations will study that history and make recommendations on what to do about statues, monuments and building names associated with those leaders. The commission, consisting of students, faculty, staff and alumni, will be named in two weeks.

"During Baylor's infancy, a number of University leaders and prominent individuals connected to the institution supported Confederate causes and engaged in the fight to preserve the institution of slavery both during and following the Civil War, including some serving as members of the Confederacy's armed forces," the resolution reads. "Therefore, Baylor University recognizes its historic roots and initiates the process of racial conciliation."

Regents acknowledged that three founders the university namesake Judge R.E.B. Baylor, the Rev. James Huckins and Rev. William M. Tryon along with most of the institution's trustees and early leaders, owned slaves or were in support of slavery.

Shevann Steuben, outgoing Baylor NAACP president, said she was encouraged to hear about the commission, but it comes after years of growing frustration among students looking for a more consistent stance from the university.

"We feel as if this is a start, but also it could have been avoided," Steuben said. "Like many things, if you're more proactive about them, they can be avoided."

Steuben said taking down some of visible reminders of Baylor's past racism is only the first step.

"It's a start to acknowledgement, it's a start to the conversation of how we continue to work toward freedom and emancipation and equity, but there has to still be actions Actions making sure students feel represented at the university and feel heard, not just heard, but accommodated," Steuben said.

With claims to be Texas' oldest university, Baylor is one of many universities and cultural institutions reckoning with demands to remove statues and other objects honoring figures seen as racist.

Baylor was chartered in 1845 in Independence, Texas, a hub of the slave-based cotton economy of this frontier state. Huckins, Tryon and Baylor were determined to create Texas' first Baptist university in that town.

Huckins and Tryon were the first official Baptist missionaries to Texas, according to the 1972 book "Baylor at Independence" by Lois Smith Murray. Though Northern-born Huckins eventually split from the American Baptist Home Mission Society because of its anti-slavery stance, according to Murray. Documents available from the Texas Collection indicate that he also owned slaves.

Tryon, who was raised in the Northeast, married a wealthy planter's daughter in Alabama before the mission board sent him to Texas, where he served as the pastor of Independence's church.

Meanwhile, Baylor himself owned 20 slaves by 1860 and advocated slavery as a "God-ordained reality," according to a column by Baylor religion Professor Christian Van Gorder in the Waco Tribune-Herald in 2017.

Carey Latimore, a history and African American Studies professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, said that university's "Roots Commission" has been on a similar mission for the last two years to examine its past connected to racism and slavery.

He said legacy of slavery goes deeper than "who" and "what," and the commission has to be open about whatever it finds.

"It's one thing to acknowledge it, but it's another to, in a sense, reconcile," Latimore said.

"As a university explores its past, they tend to find things they don't want to find. At the same time, there's stories that show some level of progress."

Reconciliation, he said, could involve tracing the lineage of the founders' slaves, forming a scholarship fund for them, or other gestures.

"The legacy of racism was a generational thing," Latimore said. "These men and women who were in positions of power and authority, that wasn't just expressed during slavery, it was expressed beyond that."

Latimore said the placement of the statues and plaques matters as well. Context is everything, and their placement as part of historical display, the original intentions behind their placement, and who that person was in the grand scheme of things all matter.

"To me, the conversation is more important than desecrating something, or saying something should stay because it's part of history," Latimore said. "How do we find a way to bring people together? How can we use these monuments to engage in a conversation deep in the throes of what the university is, wants to be and hopes to be?"

He said race commissions at other universities can easily rush the process, not allowing enough time for the kind of research that would tell the full story. He's worried the public might push Baylor's commission and administration to act before they've assembled a complete picture.

"It takes some time," Latimore said. "It's easy to say the three founders of Baylor were slave owners. But who were those slaves? Were they working at Baylor? Is there a way to build some kind of a scholarship for the descendants of the slaves that were with them? These are just ideas. Is it even possible? These are the questions universities have."

Mia Moody-Ramirez, chairwoman of Baylor's department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media, said that in her 19 years at Baylor, she has seen change come slowly.

"Within my department I have not experienced racism, of course I do hear about it from colleagues and other people," Moody-Ramirez said. "I do know it's there because it's everywhere. It's in our society."

She said the decision to form an official commission is a milestone she's excited for.

Steuben, the Baylor NAACP official, said she's spent much of the last four years working to make the university more equitable for Black students. Through Baylor's alumni network, she's connected with the people who were having the same conversations 20 years ago.

"These are difficult conversations to have, I'm not going to negate that," Steuben said. "But it's a lot more difficult when you're in a community that's not as open-minded as you, or many other people, would like."

Steuben said the backlash against trying to talk about race in general terms has always disappointed her and her peers, and she doesn't have to look further than the comment section on any article about race at Baylor to see it. She said the stock response often directed at students seeking change, "If you don't like it, go to a different university," is missing the point.

"I chose to be at this school because of what it stood for, because of what its mission is," Steuben said. "I'm looking for Baylor to always uphold that, whether I'm a student there, a graduate student or just an undergraduate alumnus."
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SIC EM 94 said:

PartyBear said:

SIC EM 94 said:

PartyBear said:

Baylor is finally in the 21st Century. These are good steps.


Shame on you for referring to it as "Baylor" you racist!


Shame on you for being a dumb ass!


You don't think there will be a push to rename the school?
Pretty sure we have a thread with Grayson or Ashley asking people not to call people racist or other derogatory terms. Come on guys. Be somewhat civil
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Oxford University's chancellor, Chris Patten, discussed student demands to remove Cecil Rhodes statue on BBC radio.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/oxford-letter-to-students/

"But if people at a university are not prepared to demonstrate the sort of generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history, if they are not prepared to embrace all those values which are contained in the most important book for any undergraduate, Karl Popper's Open Society, if they are not prepared to embrace those issues then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere. But I hope they will embrace those issues and engage in debate."
Patten styled the objections to Rhodes as along the lines of the "safe spaces" policies adopted on many university campuses in Britain and the US, which critics have said are used to suppress debate on a range of issues.
"That focus on Rhodes is unfortunate but it's an example of what's happening in American campuses and British campuses," Patten said. "One of the points of a university which is not to tolerate intolerance, to engage in free inquiry and debate is being denied. People have to face up to facts in history which they don't like and talk about them and debate them."
He added: "Can you imagine a university where there is no platform? I mean a bland diet of bran to feed people, it's an absolutely terrible idea. If you want universities like that you go to China where they are not allowed to talk about western values, which I regard as global values. No, it's not the way a university should operate."
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Osodecentx said:

Oxford University's chancellor, Chris Patten, discussed student demands to remove Cecil Rhodes statue on BBC radio.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/oxford-letter-to-students/

"But if people at a university are not prepared to demonstrate the sort of generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history, if they are not prepared to embrace all those values which are contained in the most important book for any undergraduate, Karl Popper's Open Society, if they are not prepared to embrace those issues then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere. But I hope they will embrace those issues and engage in debate."
Patten styled the objections to Rhodes as along the lines of the "safe spaces" policies adopted on many university campuses in Britain and the US, which critics have said are used to suppress debate on a range of issues.
"That focus on Rhodes is unfortunate but it's an example of what's happening in American campuses and British campuses," Patten said. "One of the points of a university which is not to tolerate intolerance, to engage in free inquiry and debate is being denied. People have to face up to facts in history which they don't like and talk about them and debate them."
He added: "Can you imagine a university where there is no platform? I mean a bland diet of bran to feed people, it's an absolutely terrible idea. If you want universities like that you go to China where they are not allowed to talk about western values, which I regard as global values. No, it's not the way a university should operate."

disregard, it's early in the morning lol
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Shippou said:

Osodecentx said:

Oxford University's chancellor, Chris Patten, discussed student demands to remove Cecil Rhodes statue on BBC radio.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/oxford-letter-to-students/

"But if people at a university are not prepared to demonstrate the sort of generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history, if they are not prepared to embrace all those values which are contained in the most important book for any undergraduate, Karl Popper's Open Society, if they are not prepared to embrace those issues then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere. But I hope they will embrace those issues and engage in debate."
Patten styled the objections to Rhodes as along the lines of the "safe spaces" policies adopted on many university campuses in Britain and the US, which critics have said are used to suppress debate on a range of issues.
"That focus on Rhodes is unfortunate but it's an example of what's happening in American campuses and British campuses," Patten said. "One of the points of a university which is not to tolerate intolerance, to engage in free inquiry and debate is being denied. People have to face up to facts in history which they don't like and talk about them and debate them."
He added: "Can you imagine a university where there is no platform? I mean a bland diet of bran to feed people, it's an absolutely terrible idea. If you want universities like that you go to China where they are not allowed to talk about western values, which I regard as global values. No, it's not the way a university should operate."

Why are you running with a false letter? Like you pulled it off of snopes and it said "false", and you still posted it trying to prove your point, lol.
It isn't a letter. It is a transcript of an interview on BBC radio. Snopes published it as true.
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Shippou said:

Osodecentx said:

Oxford University's chancellor, Chris Patten, discussed student demands to remove Cecil Rhodes statue on BBC radio.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/oxford-letter-to-students/

"But if people at a university are not prepared to demonstrate the sort of generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history, if they are not prepared to embrace all those values which are contained in the most important book for any undergraduate, Karl Popper's Open Society, if they are not prepared to embrace those issues then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere. But I hope they will embrace those issues and engage in debate."
Patten styled the objections to Rhodes as along the lines of the "safe spaces" policies adopted on many university campuses in Britain and the US, which critics have said are used to suppress debate on a range of issues.
"That focus on Rhodes is unfortunate but it's an example of what's happening in American campuses and British campuses," Patten said. "One of the points of a university which is not to tolerate intolerance, to engage in free inquiry and debate is being denied. People have to face up to facts in history which they don't like and talk about them and debate them."
He added: "Can you imagine a university where there is no platform? I mean a bland diet of bran to feed people, it's an absolutely terrible idea. If you want universities like that you go to China where they are not allowed to talk about western values, which I regard as global values. No, it's not the way a university should operate."

disregard, it's early in the morning lol
No hay prolema
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Osodecentx said:

Oxford University's chancellor, Chris Patten, discussed student demands to remove Cecil Rhodes statue on BBC radio.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/oxford-letter-to-students/

"But if people at a university are not prepared to demonstrate the sort of generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history, if they are not prepared to embrace all those values which are contained in the most important book for any undergraduate, Karl Popper's Open Society, if they are not prepared to embrace those issues then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere. But I hope they will embrace those issues and engage in debate."
Patten styled the objections to Rhodes as along the lines of the "safe spaces" policies adopted on many university campuses in Britain and the US, which critics have said are used to suppress debate on a range of issues.
"That focus on Rhodes is unfortunate but it's an example of what's happening in American campuses and British campuses," Patten said. "One of the points of a university which is not to tolerate intolerance, to engage in free inquiry and debate is being denied. People have to face up to facts in history which they don't like and talk about them and debate them."
He added: "Can you imagine a university where there is no platform? I mean a bland diet of bran to feed people, it's an absolutely terrible idea. If you want universities like that you go to China where they are not allowed to talk about western values, which I regard as global values. No, it's not the way a university should operate."

South Africa is actually the perfect case study for the future we are heading in. Nelson Mandela was a gentile, humble, and forgiving leader who was followed by progressively more divisive and corrupt leaders who tanked the country's economy and infrastructure by aggressively going after whites and creating a massive "brain drain".
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Mothra said:

PartyBear said:

No


If Baylor owned slaves, you can bet your life on it.
I'm curious if you and the multitude of others here have even read the resolution. They are looking at changing the names of some buildings. This part isnt to you Mothra but to others here: Please stop trying to exaggerate everything and then calling what yall have completely made up communism.
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PartyBear said:

Mothra said:

PartyBear said:

No


If Baylor owned slaves, you can bet your life on it.
I'm curious if you and the multitude of others here have even read the resolution. They are looking at changing the names of some buildings. This part isnt to you Mothra but to others here: Please stop trying to exaggerate everything and then calling what yall have completely made up communism.
Well when they change the names of buildings and remove statues and moments from campus... I am sure BMD like you will step in and fill the fundraising void that will follow.
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The_barBEARian said:

PartyBear said:

Mothra said:

PartyBear said:

No


If Baylor owned slaves, you can bet your life on it.
I'm curious if you and the multitude of others here have even read the resolution. They are looking at changing the names of some buildings. This part isnt to you Mothra but to others here: Please stop trying to exaggerate everything and then calling what yall have completely made up communism.
Well when they change the names of buildings and remove statues and moments from campus... I am sure BMD like you will step in and fill the fundraising void that will follow.
I doubt there will be an exodus of donors because of the renaming of a few buildings that no living donors knew nor had ever heard of the namesake outside of that specific building.
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PartyBear said:

Mothra said:

PartyBear said:

No


If Baylor owned slaves, you can bet your life on it.
I'm curious if you and the multitude of others here have even read the resolution. They are looking at changing the names of some buildings. This part isnt to you Mothra but to others here: Please stop trying to exaggerate everything and then calling what yall have completely made up communism.
Do you think Judge Baylor's statue will not be removed? Is this an exaggeration?

From WTH: Steuben said taking down some of visible reminders of Baylor's past racism is only the first step.
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Mitch Henessey said:

The_barBEARian said:

PartyBear said:

Mothra said:

PartyBear said:

No


If Baylor owned slaves, you can bet your life on it.
I'm curious if you and the multitude of others here have even read the resolution. They are looking at changing the names of some buildings. This part isnt to you Mothra but to others here: Please stop trying to exaggerate everything and then calling what yall have completely made up communism.
Well when they change the names of buildings and remove statues and moments from campus... I am sure BMD like you will step in and fill the fundraising void that will follow.
I doubt there will be an exodus of donors because of the renaming of a few buildings that no living donors knew nor had ever heard of the namesake outside of that specific building.
Exactly I doubt many donors or perhaps even any donors actually have the views and attitudes that are prevalent on this R&P board. I dont think the views prevalent on this board are representative at all of even the more conservative folks in the Baylor Nation/Family. The more jaded side of me actually ponders they know this and that is why this was such a seemingly easy and quick call for them to make. There was no himming and hawing and equivocating over this and outward worry about appeasing certain elements as would have been done under previous leadership including McCall and Reynolds.
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