Georgia university system refuses to rename buildings, insists 'history' teaches 'important lessons'

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Georgia’s public university system will not rename any of its 75 buildings with ties to slavery or racial segregation, explaining that "history can teach us important lessons."

"The purpose of history is to instruct," the Board of Regents for Georgia’s public university system wrote in a statement. "History can teach us important lessons, lessons that if understood and applied make Georgia and its people stronger."

The board voted unanimously on Monday against such changes, nearly a year after it established a committee to study the names and potential changes. The internal committee had advised that changes be made to 75 buildings on campus that are named after Confederate leaders and others.

"Going forward, the Board is committed to naming actions that reflect the strength and energy of Georgia’s diversity," the board added.

The announcement comes after Georgia passed a law in 2019 prohibiting state agencies from changing building names that honor a "historical entity." Many of the regents on the board for Georgia’s public university system were appointed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who supported the 2019 law, Fox 5 reported.

People in support of making changes to the names slammed the board following its decision Monday.

"The decision by Georgia’s Board of Regents to keep the names of known racists, segregationists and white supremacists of the state’s public colleges and universities is not surprising. It demonstrates to us the board’s support of racism and the upholding of white supremacy," a group called Rename Grady said in a statement.... (Read more)