Source: Jose Nino
The University of California, Berkeley School of Law has continued the march towards political correctness by “denaming” a school building after a 19th century man who made derogatory remarks towards Chinese people.
Many argue that John Boalt’s view helped lay the groundwork for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Boalt’s name was removed from the campus building. This marks the first time that a Berkeley facility’s name had been removed because of “its namesake’s character or actions,” according to a statement from the university.
In 2017, Charles Reichmann, an attorney and law lecturer, discovered and publicized Boalt’s racist writings. According to the Thursday statement, “John Henry Boalt was instrumental in legitimizing anti-Chinese racism and in catalyzing support for passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 — the nation’s first immigration ban on a specific group of people solely on the basis of race or nationality.”