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Former IU President’s Name Stripped From Campus Buildings

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The name of a former Indiana University president is being stripped from locations around the Bloomington campus over his support for eugenics.

The university’s Board of Trustees voted 8-1 Friday to remove David Starr Jordan’s name from a classroom building, a parking garage, and a campus creek, a step recommended by school President Michael McRobbie.

Jordan was an IU zoology professor before serving as IU’s president from 1885 to 1891.

Eugenics is the practice of controlled selective breeding of humans often carried out through forced sterilization, and Jordan wrote about his belief that humanity would thrive only if the fittest were promoted.

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2 comments

Tired of this October 5, 2020 at 8:05 am

We are in the age where only “appropriate” or “woke” opinions can be shared without consequence. I know nothing about this former IU president other than he’s been vilified for this view. Of course, this article gives no detail how this whole issue was prompted. Thanks for the insightfulness WOWO.

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Darrin Wright October 5, 2020 at 8:45 am

The Associated Press wrote this particular article. We have no control over what they include or exclude.

Thanks for the feedback.

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