And many had enough.
“I felt this oppressive figure during my time at Clemson and I intentionally don’t mention the name of the University before the NFL Games because of it,” he wrote. “I join the voices of students and faculty who have re-launched this petition to rename Calhoun Honors College. I invite all Clemson students, football players and alumni to join us so that the next generation of young black leaders can be proud of the institution in which they graduate. “
“Clemson University should in no way honor slave owner John C. Calhoun,” he wrote.
The petition’s description says Calhoun is “an example of institutional racism and white supremacy,” because of his role in advocating for slavery.
In a statement to CNN, vice president of university relations Mark Land said the university is aware of the current request and “respects the views of those who put the issue forward.”
“The University continues to work on what is best to build on our recent initiatives designed to make Clemson a place where all of our students, staff and guests feel welcome at all times. This release will be part of that effort,” the statement said.
Clemson University is not the only faculty under control in recent years.