Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force


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The Clemson Board of Trustees met on Friday to discuss several important measures including a small tuition hike (out of state increased by 4.25%, in-state increased by 3.24%) and also passing a resolution that said that Benjamin Tillman was "repugnant to our values and our fundamental purpose of being a high seminary of education."

The Tillman resolution also said that the "Board of Trustees reaffirms that Clemson University should be known as a Top 20 Public University and for its outstanding students, faculty, and staff not by the racist actions a century ago."

The Board directed the University to start a new task force with “exploring appropriate recognition of historical figures" but did not state any immediate plans to change the name of Tillman Hall.

Here is the full resolution from the Clemson Board of Trustees regarding the Benjamin Tillman issue.

SENSE OF THE BOARD REGARDING ACCURATELY PORTRAYING CLEMSON UNIVERSITY’S HISTORY

Expressing the sense of the Board of Trustees of Clemson University regarding accurately portraying Clemson University’s history;

WHEREAS, Clemson University was established in 1889 with the fundamental purpose of being a high seminary of learning;

Clemson University has throughout the years held true to its fundamental purpose while becoming a coeducational institution in 1955, peacefully desegregating in 1963, being renamed Clemson University in 1964, and becoming the nationally recognized public university that it is today;

As a national leader among public universities, Clemson University is committed to diversity, inclusiveness and historical accuracy as key values needed to continue our founding purpose of being a high seminary of learning;

Recent events in our state and nationally have prompted concerns about how Clemson University portrays its history and how that portrayal impacts the full breadth of the Clemson family;

Clemson wants to acknowledge the leadership of the Governor, the Senate, and the House with respect to their removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state house;

Ten past Presidents of the Faculty Senate have recently written to the Board of Trustees requesting reconsideration of the 1946 decision to honor Benjamin Tillman by naming the Old Main Building Tillman Hall;

Benjamin Tillman played a key role in the founding and early success of Clemson University, was appointed as one of the original Trustees of the then Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, and served as Governor of the State of South Carolina and a United States Senator;

Benjamin Tillman was also known to be by his own admission an ardent racist and led a campaign of terror against African Americans in South Carolina that included intimidation and violence of which he boasted about publicly; and

For some members of our university family Benjamin Tillman’s legacy included not only contributions to Clemson University but also oppression, terror and hate.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The sense of the Board of Trustees is that such actions and views of Benjamin Tillman are repugnant to our values and our fundamental purpose of being a high seminary ofeducation;

The Board of Trustees reaffirms that Clemson University should be known as a Top 20 Public University and for its outstanding students, faculty, and staff not by the racist actions a
century ago; and

There is a need for a task force of members of the Board to work closely with the President and administration on how to best preserve and tell the complete history of Clemson University. This task force is charged with the engagement of stakeholders to include students, faculty, administration and alumni to receive their input. The task force is charged with creating a comprehensive plan to include, but not limited to, any recommendations regarding curating our historic buildings and memorials, developing better ways to acknowledge and teach the history of Clemson University, and exploring appropriate recognition of historical figures. This task force will serve for a period of six months at which time it shall expire unless extended by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and will report its progress and any recommendations to the Board at its quarterly meetings.



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Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
TigerNet News
Wonder what's next...***
camcgee®
Replacing the White House
TigerzzRoar®
Re: Replacing the White House
llamasnot
We can start calling it the brown house***
Neal in NC®
Re: Replacing the White House
TonyTiger®
Re: Wonder what's next...***
JonnyDangerously
what wimps..saying, history is history..leave it along & grow from it!
lightbulbbill®
And nobody should care til then...
camcgee®
Re: And nobody should care til then...
JonnyDangerously
And the same to you***
camcgee®
In other news,..Clemson University becomes the next public
Gwood Tiger
That's going on everywhere*
TigerzzRoar®
You got that straight! The other day on Waters World, there
Spud
I'm a history major
a7xgates
Re: In other news,..Clemson University becomes the next public
OrlandoTiger86
so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
jgtiger
However, I do think it is the University's responsibility to
jgtiger
Re: However, I do think it is the University's responsibility to
OrlandoTiger86
Re: However, I do think it is the University's responsibility to
peanut
Re: so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
OrlandoTiger86
Re: so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
peanut
Re: so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
armsb
Aren't they teaching history in their statement?***
josephg®
Great news!***
Chuckston T-Man
I agree
6tiger9®
Re: Great news!***
armsb
Irrational hypocrisy train keeps on chugging.***
Completely Solid Orange®
This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
CUTIGR69®
***Puts on tinfoil hat***
wbenham
Re: This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
HendrixTiger®
As I Clemson grad my IQ is just find.......thanks.***
CUTIGR69®
"find"??? You sure about that IQ?***
kbtiger®
Re: This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
OrlandoTiger86
Do not be concerned for my soul. I have walked with Jesus
CUTIGR69®
You became dumber?***
Tiger5
Re: This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
Felix2®
Have a nice day.
CUTIGR69®
Re: Have a nice day.
uproar84®
No, but you can't change history by removing names from
CUTIGR69®
I am assuming it will be kinda hard to rename the John C.
AThomas®
Re: I am assuming it will be kinda hard to rename the John C.
footballmanager
They'll just have that burnt to the ground.***
tigerdrummer®
Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
Carlsbad®
Re: Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
Tigerdug23®
Well said and great point. **
Carlsbad®
Re: Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
OrlandoTiger86
Who would the controversy be worth it for?
camcgee®
we'll start with clemson and then calhoun***
henry®
Re: Who would the controversy be worth it for?
tabbyplague®
The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
AThomas®
Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
Felix2®
Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
Tigerluvr
Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
OrlandoTiger86
Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
OrlandoTiger86
Re: Who would the controversy be worth it for?
Felix2®
Re: Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
EZ Trackstar
so when do we change the name Clemson?
tigertrain
While America fears Blacks and Latinos,
twentytwofifteen
So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
tigrjm76®
Re: So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
Lilnaitch
Re: So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
OrlandoTiger86
Re: So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
OrlandoTiger86
Re: Move it to the Clemson campus and give all these
peanut
So Clements & Univ. "flip-flopped" in response to graffiti
djosey13®
So what is next? Calhoun Mansion, the name Clemson, &
CUTIGR69®
Sorry but I really couldn't care less about this
tigerfan22334®
You can rationalize this, but its about more than a building
djosey13®
Message removed by Author
AThomas®
You know it's "Alexander," right?***
camcgee®
Except that when you get down to it
tigerfan22334®
Re: Except that when you get down to it
djosey13®
Re: Except that when you get down to it
footballmanager
Re: Except that when you get down to it
FEEL
Grammar isn't your strong suit
tigerfan22334®
Re: Except that when you get down to it
Tigerluvr
Re: You can rationalize this, but its about more than a building
peanut
If you went to Clemson, you'd understand.***
tigerdrummer®
Do Clemson, Wshington & Lee, others need new names?
SocMan2®
easy...
deadsolidperfect
Thomas Clemson, George Washington, and Robert E. Lee
OldSchool Tiger
In all sincerity, thanks for history lesson.
SocMan2®
Washington and Lee
tigerfan22334®
we kewl like dat...***
deadsolidperfect
Re: Washington and Lee
Felix2®
Removing a flag and changing the name of a building
tigerfan22334®
when asked if removing the name Lee from the university's
deadsolidperfect
Re: Removing a flag and changing the name of a building
robbensdale®
no, they have not been removed from the university or from
deadsolidperfect
Re: no, they have not been removed from the university or from
Felix2®
well, now i know where you get your misinformation.
deadsolidperfect
DSP Re: well, now i know where you get your misinformation.
Felix2®
if you read your "article" once more, you'll see the wording
deadsolidperfect
Re: if you read your "article" once more, you'll see the wording
Felix2®
Burn the history books and abolish all history....
UtilTiger
Re: Burn the history books and abolish all history....
Tigerdug23®
you forgot
deadsolidperfect
Re: Burn the history books and abolish all history....
FEEL
Some history books should be burned - like those published
OldSchool Tiger
I'm not condoning what Tillman did....
UtilTiger
yeah, but if you equate southern history or southern culture
OldSchool Tiger
Denouncing Tillman is a history lesson***
josephg®
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
FEEL
Nice Strawman
tigerfan22334®
Thanks for posting your statement.
6tiger9®
Re: Thanks for posting your statement.
Tigerman1978
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
heavydutytiger
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force***
TigerRawr
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
Jlanderson85
unforseen consequencies
footballmanager
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
Beachcat
Washington and Jefferson owned slaves....
Tiger1955
Who did Washington and Jefferson murder? I slept through
OldSchool Tiger
We Could Rename Tillman Hall "Red Brick Hall" That Should
morbidtiger®
As one who has Native American background
CUTiger1989®
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
hospiceChaplain
This is a fair response to the goings-on.
wildblulou®
Re: Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
robbensdale®
The way I read it - no one erasing history. To the contrary
Tropical
Re: The way I read it - no one erasing history. To the contrary
Danny in CA
I renounce all race-baiters and find them
CUTiger1989®
If BOT has already "renounced", why form a task force?....
kbtiger®
APM is on vacation but will speak on this soon.
ATL PAW MAN®
Real classy BOT's renounce the guy that in your words
Gmurra999®
Good news is, nothing will be done. If it's anything like
CUClemson1989
Awesome! Time to rename it back to Old Main***
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