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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spacer Campus Update: Clemson renounces Ben Tillman, will create a task force
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spacer Wonder what's next...***
camcgee®
spacer Replacing the White House
TigerzzRoar®
spacer Re: Replacing the White House
llamasnot
spacer We can start calling it the brown house***
Neal in NC®
spacer Re: Replacing the White House
TonyTiger®
spacer Re: Wonder what's next...***
JonnyDangerously
spacer what wimps..saying, history is history..leave it along & grow from it!
lightbulbbill®
spacer And nobody should care til then...
camcgee®
spacer Re: And nobody should care til then...
JonnyDangerously
spacer And the same to you***
camcgee®
spacer In other news,..Clemson University becomes the next public
Gwood Tiger
spacer That's going on everywhere*
TigerzzRoar®
spacer You got that straight! The other day on Waters World, there
Spud®
spacer I'm a history major
a7xgates
spacer Re: In other news,..Clemson University becomes the next public
OrlandoTiger86
spacer so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
jgtiger
spacer However, I do think it is the University's responsibility to
jgtiger
spacer Re: However, I do think it is the University's responsibility to
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Re: However, I do think it is the University's responsibility to
peanut
spacer Re: so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Re: so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
peanut
spacer Re: so a person doesnt deserve recognition in something they
armsb
spacer Aren't they teaching history in their statement?***
josephg®
spacer Great news!***
Chuckston T-Man
spacer I agree
6tiger9
spacer Re: Great news!***
armsb
spacer Irrational hypocrisy train keeps on chugging.***
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
CUTIGR69
spacer ***Puts on tinfoil hat***
wbenham
spacer Re: This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
HendrixTiger®
spacer As I Clemson grad my IQ is just find.......thanks.***
CUTIGR69
spacer "find"??? You sure about that IQ?***
kbtiger®
spacer Re: This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Do not be concerned for my soul. I have walked with Jesus
CUTIGR69
spacer You became dumber?***
Tiger5
spacer Re: This won't end until all caucasians are made slaves.
Felix2
spacer Have a nice day.
CUTIGR69
spacer Re: Have a nice day.
uproar84®
spacer No, but you can't change history by removing names from
CUTIGR69
spacer I am assuming it will be kinda hard to rename the John C.
AThomas®
spacer Re: I am assuming it will be kinda hard to rename the John C.
footballmanager
spacer They'll just have that burnt to the ground.***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
Carlsbad®
spacer Re: Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
Tigerdug23®
spacer Well said and great point. **
Carlsbad®
spacer Re: Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Who would the controversy be worth it for?
camcgee®
spacer we'll start with clemson and then calhoun***
henry®
spacer Re: Who would the controversy be worth it for?
tabbyplague®
spacer The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
AThomas®
spacer Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
Felix2
spacer Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
Tigerluvr
spacer Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Re: The problem is applying 21st century ethics to 19th century
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Re: Who would the controversy be worth it for?
Felix2
spacer Re: Being held ccountable for his actions after death...
EZ Trackstar
spacer so when do we change the name Clemson?
tigertrain®
spacer While America fears Blacks and Latinos,
twentytwofifteen
spacer So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
tigrjm76®
spacer Re: So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
Lilnaitch
spacer Re: So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Re: So we can anticipate Tillman's statue on the Capitol grounds
OrlandoTiger86
spacer Re: Move it to the Clemson campus and give all these
peanut
spacer So Clements & Univ. "flip-flopped" in response to graffiti
djosey13®
spacer So what is next? Calhoun Mansion, the name Clemson, &
CUTIGR69
spacer Sorry but I really couldn't care less about this
tigerfan22334®
spacer You can rationalize this, but its about more than a building
djosey13®
spacer Message removed by Author
AThomas®
spacer You know it's "Alexander," right?***
camcgee®
spacer Except that when you get down to it
tigerfan22334®
spacer Re: Except that when you get down to it
djosey13®
spacer Re: Except that when you get down to it
footballmanager
spacer Re: Except that when you get down to it
FEEL
spacer Grammar isn't your strong suit
tigerfan22334®
spacer Re: Except that when you get down to it
Tigerluvr
spacer Re: You can rationalize this, but its about more than a building
peanut
spacer If you went to Clemson, you'd understand.***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Do Clemson, Wshington & Lee, others need new names?
SocMan2®
spacer easy...
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Thomas Clemson, George Washington, and Robert E. Lee
OldSchool Tiger
spacer In all sincerity, thanks for history lesson.
SocMan2®
spacer Washington and Lee
tigerfan22334®
spacer we kewl like dat...***
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: Washington and Lee
Felix2
spacer Removing a flag and changing the name of a building
tigerfan22334®
spacer when asked if removing the name Lee from the university's
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: Removing a flag and changing the name of a building
robbensdale®
spacer no, they have not been removed from the university or from
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: no, they have not been removed from the university or from
Felix2
spacer well, now i know where you get your misinformation.
deadsolidperfect®
spacer DSP Re: well, now i know where you get your misinformation.
Felix2
spacer if you read your "article" once more, you'll see the wording
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: if you read your "article" once more, you'll see the wording
Felix2
spacer Burn the history books and abolish all history....
UtilTiger
spacer Re: Burn the history books and abolish all history....
Tigerdug23®
spacer you forgot
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: Burn the history books and abolish all history....
FEEL
spacer Some history books should be burned - like those published
OldSchool Tiger
spacer I'm not condoning what Tillman did....
UtilTiger
spacer yeah, but if you equate southern history or southern culture
OldSchool Tiger
spacer Denouncing Tillman is a history lesson***
josephg®
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FEEL
spacer Nice Strawman
tigerfan22334®
spacer Thanks for posting your statement.
6tiger9
spacer Re: Thanks for posting your statement.
Tigerman1978
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Jlanderson85
spacer unforseen consequencies
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Beachcat
spacer Washington and Jefferson owned slaves....
Tiger1955
spacer Who did Washington and Jefferson murder? I slept through
OldSchool Tiger
spacer We Could Rename Tillman Hall "Red Brick Hall" That Should
morbidtiger®
spacer As one who has Native American background
CUTiger1989®
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hospiceChaplain
spacer This is a fair response to the goings-on.
wildblulou®
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robbensdale®
spacer The way I read it - no one erasing history. To the contrary
Tropical
spacer Re: The way I read it - no one erasing history. To the contrary
Danny in CA
spacer I renounce all race-baiters and find them
CUTiger1989®
spacer If BOT has already "renounced", why form a task force?....
kbtiger®
spacer APM is on vacation but will speak on this soon.
ATL PAW MAN®
spacer Real classy BOT's renounce the guy that in your words
Gmurra999®
spacer Good news is, nothing will be done. If it's anything like
CUClemson1989
spacer Awesome! Time to rename it back to Old Main***
CoolBreeze864
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