Historical Revisionism and Racial Assuagement: In Defense of Yale’s Response to Inveterate Racism

In a recent article, FPR columnist Paul Ingrassia shrewdly addressed Yale University’s decision to rename a residential college bearing the namesake of former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Ingrassia made a clear and concise argument positing that historical revisionism is dangerous. I sincerely agree with Paul: history’s importance is second to none and politicizing it is damaging to future generations. As the late, Democratic Party intellect Arthur Schlesinger argued in The Disuniting of America, history should not be subject to “current political fads.” Yet, Yale’s recent decision is not the…