This morning we shared news about pressure applied to local universities: Franklin Pierce and UNH (the Franklin Pierce Law school). While Pierce owned no slaves, he was not anti-slavery. He believed the Constitution protected a State’s rights to slavery. For this, some want him canceled.
This is just another extension of the Left’s effort to use any crisis to erase history. Every good
Democrat Socialist does it. And Pierce was a Democrat and a lousy President on top of that. So, all the more reason for the Left to target him.
But should they? Should Franklin Pierce University and the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property (UNH Law) Change Their Names? And if so, what next? Pull down his statue from in front of the Statehouse. He was a lousy president, but he was still a president. Are we not responsible for honoring that even if it means we learn from the mistakes?
And if this sort of thing is acceptable (in other words we tolerate it) when does it translate to museums and library and art exhibits and even search results with unpleasant truths about human nature and our history. Must we erase them as well?
I hope not, and while we are not there yet, this – in my opinion – is a big step in that direction.
What say you?
Poll ends tomorrow (6/17/20) at midnight.