UC Berkeley Hypocrisy: EXCLUDE ASIANS As Students—Want Boalt Name off of Law School

UC Berkeley limits the number of Asians it allows to enroll, though qualified.  Just because they are Asian.  Yet, at the same time the powers to be at Cal want to get the name Boat off the law school building.  So, the folks that bar Asians from enrolling, want to delete the Boalt name because he wanted to exclude Asians from Californians.  Shouldn’t the entire Administration, especially the enrollment office, be fired—for the same reason they want the Boalt named removed.

“In the spring of 2017, law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said it was brought to his attention that John Boalt — after whom the building wing is named because of a donation from his wife, Elizabeth Boalt — was a leading advocate of the Chinese exclusion policy. In his text “The Chinese Question,” John Boalt presented negative views about Black people, Native Americans and Chinese people, according to a document released Monday by Chemerinsky.

“Boalt made deeply offensive and racist statements,” Chemerinsky said in a statement. “These views, which supported the despicable Chinese exclusion policy of the 19th century, raise serious questions about whether we should continue to use the name Boalt in connection with our law school.”

Which is more important—racist wording by Boalt or the racist actions by the UC Berkeley Administration.  Obviously Cal is racist by action.

Sather Gate, UC Berkeley

Citing racist views, committee recommends removal of Boalt name from UC Berkeley law school building

By Amanda Bradford, Daily Californian,  9/11/18

A committee within the UC Berkeley School of Law announced Monday that it will recommend removing the Boalt name from its current wing of the law school building and various student organizations within the school.

In the spring of 2017, law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said it was brought to his attention that John Boalt — after whom the building wing is named because of a donation from his wife, Elizabeth Boalt — was a leading advocate of the Chinese exclusion policy. In his text “The Chinese Question,” John Boalt presented negative views about Black people, Native Americans and Chinese people, according to a document released Monday by Chemerinsky.

“Boalt made deeply offensive and racist statements,” Chemerinsky said in a statement. “These views, which supported the despicable Chinese exclusion policy of the 19th century, raise serious questions about whether we should continue to use the name Boalt in connection with our law school.”

Chemerinsky created the Committee on the Use of the Boalt Name in September 2017 to study the issues and history surrounding Boalt’s writings and recommend a course of action. The committee used sets of principles established by Yale University and UC Berkeley regarding the removal of names from campus buildings.

The committee also considered a survey of students, alumni, staff and faculty as well as comments made at a town hall meeting, which showed a majority support for removal of the name. Ultimately, the committee recommended removing Boalt’s name because it is “not appropriate for a school of this standing to bear this name anymore,” according to committee chair Charles Cannon.

Chemerinsky said he will review these findings and make his final recommendation regarding the use of the Boalt name to Chancellor Carol Christ in November.

“I decided to create as inclusive a process as possible, so all parts of the community could have the opportunity to speak on the issue,” Chemerinsky said. “I’m asking students, faculty, alumni and staff to send me their thoughts by the end of October, and I will make my decision in November.”

According to Chemerinsky’s statement, Berkeley Law never had the name Boalt in its official title, but it became associated with the school because, for a time, Boalt Hall of Law was the only building that housed the law school. Cannon said both the official use of the Boalt name in the law school building and any colloquial uses have been recommended for removal.

In addition to the building wing and student organizations, there are two chairs endowed under Elizabeth and John Boalt’s names. Cannon said the committee did not recommend the removal of these titles because they were created at the bequest of Elizabeth Boalt in her will. This removal would need to be approved by the California attorney general, rather than through the campus and UC system.

Cannon emphasized that the Boalt name would not be erased completely. He said the law school would create a historical display that would tell the story of Elizabeth Boalt and the gift she provided the law school to honor her husband.

“The historical record is really important to the institution,” Cannon said. “We are not talking about stripping the Boalt name out of existence but rather putting it in the proper historical context.”

Campus spokesperson Michael Dirda said removing a name from a building requires “careful study and consideration of different viewpoints from across the campus.”

Cheyenne Overall, the student member of the committee, said the possible removal of the Boalt name has garnered mixed reactions from the student body of the law school. She said, however, that many students welcome the removal and that it will be “well-received.”

“The removal of Boalt’s name would communicate to our community that Berkeley Law is committed to inclusivity, even when difficult conversations have to happen to safeguard that value,” Overall said.

Amanda Bradford is the lead academics and administration reporter.

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Comments

  1. OK, he made “Boalt made deeply offensive and racist statements,” so what? Who cares?

    When Negros (excuse me Blacks), Mexicans, Indians (excuse me native Americans) make the same comments and riot in streets and on campus it is excusable?

    This is what happens when elitist Socialist draw a line in the sand and say we can say it but you are mean, racist, and bigots when you say it.

    Did Maxine Waters come to mind?

  2. Does this mean if they remove the Boalt name will they need to return the money donated to the law school for the purpose of having that building?

  3. Emanuelle Goldstein says

    “So, the folks that bar Asians from enrolling, want to delete the Boalt name because he wanted to exclude Asians from Californians.”

    Thanks for pointing out this flaming piece of liberal hypocrisy. Those who espouse equality and diversity for all can always find some animal in the barnyard that is more equal than the others.

  4. When I see things that supposedly adult and intelligent people are doing and saying nowadays I feel I have been greatly misled about the status of the human being having been placed at the top of the food chain.

  5. Disgusting…Chemerinsky is the Dean of the UC Berkeley Law School? And he also writes an article in the Sac Bee for Sunday’s edition. His liberal hypocrisy is so apparent that I skip his articles (the Sunday paper is free from a neighbor that receives two – I dropped the paper over a year ago after 30+ years due to anger at the liberal slant and lack of “journalism”). No wonder my state has gone downhill with this type of “teaching” and no one is held accountable – professors aren’t elected…Oh, I’m a UC Lifetime Alumni but no longer proud of what it means. And I thought racism was stopped after the Bakke case settled during the 70’s .

    • I am also a Life Time alumni member of another UC campus – UCLA. Like you I am ashamed of what the school has become. And, it’s not the football team.

  6. Asians, or any race for that matter should now be allowed to “self identify” as any of the then current preferred races. We self identify our sex / gender, why not race? Or better yet, just create a new race and then become a super minority or “protected minority”, with all the “special” rights bestowed upon other “protected minorities”. Just use the far lefts own logic against them.

  7. Please tell me more about the Asian limit? What percentage? California resident students or overseas? What is the overall percentage of California residents at Berkeley and other UC campuses? Is this all about tuition money?

  8. This is what happens when History is rewritten so as to place your part
    as the most virtuous .

  9. Waaaaay too funny: the modern anti-Asian racists trying to erase the racist past of their fellow anti-Asian racists.

    Only in California.

  10. They should also consider dropping Chemerinsky – he’s a hack.

  11. Asians produce 5% more geniuses than white people. They are destined to rule the world.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for more.

  12. So, the answer to all of our problems is just to completely erase history. Don’t use names on any campus or building, just give it an address. This would surely solve all of the problems of the day and put everyone in a very comfortable place. As for the name of organizations, a number, not a name and stop teaching history in all schools.

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