Wheaton College task force reviewing school’s ‘history regarding race’
Wheaton College, a Christian institution in Illinois, is conducting a review of its “history regarding race,” including a petition from a “collective of BIPOC students and alumni” to rename its library.
BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and the collective argues in its petition that James Oliver Buswell, president of Wheaton from 1926 to 1940, left a “racist legacy” at the evangelical school.
Wheaton College created a task force in October 2021 to “conduct a historical review of race,” the Wheaton Record reported . An email from current President Philip Ryken stated the goal of the taskforce is to “understand the impact of past events on present realities, particularly the experience of ethnic minorities.”
The review remains ongoing to this day, Wheaton spokesman Joe Moore told The College Fix.
“Like many institutions during the past few years, Wheaton College has had periodic conversations internally as we’ve considered pieces of our history regarding race,” Moore said via email.
“The committee was formed in October and is continuing its work. A goal of the study is to determine—in view of the supremacy of Jesus Christ—what aspects of this history need to be celebrated more intentionally, lamented more deeply, or repented of more specifically.”
Wheaton College has already established a record of revisiting items deemed troubling by some. Last year college leaders edited a plaque honoring five missionaries who were killed by tribe in Ecuador in 1956. The wording was changed from “savage” to “the most feared indigenous peoples in South America at the time.”The current task force consists of a handful of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students, the Record reported , adding student reporters have been barred from attending its 10 meetings thus far. Professor of Library Science Katherine Graber told the student […]
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