Strolling into McMicken Corridor carries such weight. I consider Charles McMicken, whom the constructing is known as after, and his legacy as a slave dealer. I consider his use of enslaved labor at his residence. I consider the enslaved girl, or girls, he impregnated together with his youngsters. I consider how disgusted I’m that the College of Cincinnati (UC) continues to permit this hideous determine to carry a spot of honor at our campus.
We must always have modified the title of McMicken Corridor years in the past—when a 2018 examine led to a unanimous vote to take away his title from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (A&S). His title and the atrocities connected to it, have been faraway from the school, however the ghost of McMicken continues to hang-out our campus.
I’m an A&S scholar, so there appears to be no means for me to keep away from the constructing. It’s residence to a minimum of one in all my lessons each semester, and each time I need to meet with one in all my advisors, I need to stroll the halls that refuse to let go of the title of a racist who handled Black individuals as property that he may personal, management and exploit.
That mentioned, I’m a white particular person, so I can not think about the ache a Black scholar would possibly really feel strolling by way of a constructing that also idolizes a slave proprietor.
“As an African American scholar, I shouldn’t should stroll in and see that the constructing is known as after a slave proprietor,” Maurice Stewart, UC alum, instructed WCPO in the course of the summer season of 2020. “Whatever the context. Particularly if the college is devoted to range, fairness and inclusion.”
It’s fairly ironic that UC boasts of being a “range champion” however refuses to do absolutely the naked minimal of eradicating McMicken’s title from the constructing. It is not as if we’ve not requested time and time once more.
Stewart reached out to President Neville Pinto’s workplace in 2020 about fully wiping McMicken’s title from campus. They refused.
Again in March of this yr, The Information Document investigated why the title change hadn’t occurred. Not a peep.
So, why is it so exhausting to take away the title from the constructing? One phrase: cash.
“Donors, particularly essentially the most beneficiant and constant ones, shall be very upset have been the title to be eliminated,” learn nameless, paraphrased suggestions that the 2018 examine acquired. “The college will undergo nice monetary losses.”
How becoming? UC is a “range champion,” so long as that does not get in the best way of cash. Effectively, I’ve had it with the development of progress taking place solely as a result of it might probably flip a revenue. Actual progress is doing what’s proper, even when dealing with probably indignant donors.
UC can not simply look forward to this to blow over, and we as neighborhood members can not permit this to blow over both. Too typically, we rally round a trigger till a brand new one rolls round, leaving the outdated one fully forgotten about.
Bear in mind, we’ve got energy right here. Let’s maintain pushing Pinto and UC till this slave proprietor’s legacy now not finds a house at UC.