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Harvard medical, dental students sick of honor given to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., onetime medical-school dean and racist

The Harvard Crimson reports students and professors at the Harvard medical and dental schools are petitioning to change the name of one of the five "academic societies" incoming students are assigned to because it honors Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

As dean of the medical school in 1850, the Crimson reports, Holmes rescinded the acceptance of what would have been the school's first three Black students because the "intermixing of the white and black races in their lecture rooms is distasteful to a large portion of the class and injurious to the interests of the school. He also pushed the racist pseudo-science of eugenics.

Holmes was also the first to refer to Boston as "the Hub."

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I suggest they rename it in honor of Horatio Storer. He is considered by some to be the father of American gynecology. Obtained his M.D. from Harvard in 1853.

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He was a complete perv

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Horatio Storer was a white man famous today in large part due to his opposition to abortion, including his efforts which made abortion illegal in the US (until those laws were overturned 120 years later in Roe v. Wade):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Storer
https://www.abortionessay.com/pro-life-physician-horatio-storer-ancestors/
https://timeline.com/horatio-storer-criminal-abortion-c433606491da

That's just what we need in 2020: To name yet another thing after a white guy famous for telling women what to do with their bodies.

Oy.

- Signed, a white guy

PS: This is clearly Harvard's decision to make, but they could do better than Horatio Storer.

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They find out you had one drop of eugenics and they no longer want anything to do with you.

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Rename them after Oliver Wendell Douglas.

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Why not Oliver Wendell Jones of Bloom County fame?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Wendell_Jones

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Easy remedy: amputate the "Sr.".

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mrhpshh

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None of the past can be viewed in the modern context without finding either inconsistencies or incongruencies

For example the Left loves [or used to love] Margaret Sanger as a champion of birth control and sexual freedom

from the wikipedia article [numbers refer to references in the wikipedia article]

Margaret Higgins Sanger (born Margaret Louise Higgins, September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966, also known as Margaret Sanger Slee) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America

However, she was also a strong proponent of Eugenics -- desiring to clear humanity of the less capable and less able by limiting their reproduction

In "The Morality of Birth Control", a 1921 speech, she divided society into three groups: the "educated and informed" class that regulated the size of their families, the "intelligent and responsible" who desired to control their families in spite of lacking the means or the knowledge, and the "irresponsible and reckless people" whose religious scruples "prevent their exercising control over their numbers". Sanger concludes, "There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped."[116]

Sanger's eugenics policies included.... compulsory segregation or sterilization for the "profoundly retarded".[117][118] ....In The Pivot of Civilisation she attacked charity organizations arguing that their efforts contribute to spreading of "sinister forces of the hordes of irresponsibility and imbecility" and "human weed".[120]

Sanger believed that self-determining motherhood was the only unshakable foundation for racial betterment.[121] Initially she advocated that the responsibility for birth control should remain with able-minded individual parents rather than the state.[122] Later, she proposed that "Permits for parenthood shall be issued upon application by city, county, or state authorities to married couples," but added that the requirement should be implemented by state advocacy and reward for complying, not enforced by punishing anyone for violating it.[123]

And of course using the Current Era Ethics and Morality as the only relevant Context to Judge Action doctrine -- we must now condemn Sanger!

Sanger justified her decision to speak to a women's auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan group by explaining, "to me any aroused group is a good group."[14]:366–367 She was supported by one of the most racist authors in America in the 1920s, the Klansman[124][125] Lothrop Stoddard, who was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Sanger's American Birth Control League.[126][127][128]

An additional reason for the Left to now hate Sanger -- she opposed Abortion:

In 1916, when she opened her first birth control clinic....Sanger's patients at that time were told "that abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but it was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun."[14]:217

A further note for the Tear it Down or at least Rename-it movement:

The Planned Parenthood headquarters on Bleecker Street in New York now bears her name. Wellesley College Library has a room named in her honor. There is a Margaret Sanger Lane in Plattsburgh, New York and an Allée Margaret Sanger in Saint-Nazaire, France.[157]

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