When the Yale police took 38-year-old Corey Menafee in June after he smashed a window showing Yale alumnus John C. Calhoun, a former slaveholder, it sparked outrage from students and activists around the country.
“No employee should be subject to coming to work and seeing slave portraits on a daily basis,” Mr. Menafee told a police officer.
When Menafee made his way into court on Tuesday morning, he was welcomed by over 40 students and faculty members.
“Yale has to decide which is more valuable: a stained-glass window, or the dignity and humanity of the black people who live and work at Yale,” said Megan Fountain, an alumna of the school.
This isn't the first time Yale has been under fire for the promotion of Calhoun around campus; many African American students agree that the images are disturbing to see each and every day and makes them feel very unwelcome.
Thankfully, Yale has decided that they want their students and faculty to feel safe and welcome, so they have decided to not press charges. Good choice.
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