As America continues to reexamine herself through the lens of race relations in 2020, there are bound to be some instances in which our quest to do good gets overdone.
This is a slippery slope, after all, and there are plenty of rightfully emotional voices in the crowd these days. We want to live up to the ideals of our founding fathers, who said that this is a land where liberty and justice will be had for all, and where all are created equal.
But, as tempers flare on the streets, some who would seek a defensive position against the cultural revolution may be overextending their sentiments in some preemptive posturing. Many Americans are now wondering if a recent decision by a university in Pennsylvania is such a case.
While colleges across the country are removing statues and nixing traditions in the name of “inclusivity,” one university is removing the word “freedom” from its student identification cards because it is “has made minority students” feel “dehumanized.”
Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania will change its student, faculty, and staff ID cards from “Freedom Cards” to “RMU ID Cards,” Campus Reform has learned.
The decision follows the circulation of an online petition initiated by student Melanie Hall, who asked the university to rename its ID cards, arguing that the choice of “Freedom Cards” for minority students (who make up 24 percent of students at RMU, according to the petition) was a “poorly named form of identification.”
The school’s marketing department has claimed that a change was already in the works for the “Freedom Card”, and that the 130 signatures on online petition merely sealed the deal.
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