Increased attention has come to the use of indigenous people and symbols as mascots for sports teams as well as histories of racism present throughout college histories. Is it acceptable to have a Native American mascot? Who should we name our buildings after? They are important issues worthy of thoughtful consideration. Charles L. Flynn, Jr., president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, was a historian by education and trade before transitioning to academic leadership. That background gave him a unique and nuanced approach in the statement he issued on legacy symbols of racism and injustice. He states, “As scholars and citizens, we should consider thoughtfully and participate actively in the national discussion about legacy symbols of racism and injustice, for these symbols raise questions about how well or little we have progressed as a society and as individuals.”
You can read the entire statement here.