Protesters at a Pennsylvania college are demanding that the school rename a building called Lynch Memorial Hall because of the racial overtones of the word “lynch.”
The group of students at Lebanon Valley College submitted a list of demands to the administrators, including nixing the name of the building devoted to the college’s former president, Clyde A. Lynch.
“All of the hate at this school makes me want to cry,” one student, Lacey Eriksen, wrote on Twitter about the protest.
All of the hate at this school makes me want to cry.
— Lacey Eriksen (@FrolickingFatty) December 7, 2015
Student organizers said the college needed to address “institutional injustices” on the campus.
“It’s a rare moment here at Lebanon Valley College,” Michael Schroeder, an associate professor of history, told PennLive outside a recent demonstration.
The demonstration Schroeder spoke at was closed to photos and video by organizers who sought to create a “safe space,” the site said.
A school spokesman called former president Lynch a “very important figure” in the history of the college. He is credited with guiding the school through the Great Depression.
Other demands by the group include a more diverse curriculum, more sensitivity training for staff and regular surveys of the racial climate on campus.
via New York Post.