The University of California, Berkeley, the nation’s most prestigious public school, has moved forward with de-naming two more buildings on its campus because the persons the buildings were named after held racist or colonialist beliefs.
LeConte Hall and Barrows Hall were deemed problematic after campus community members submitted them for review by the Building Name Review Committee in July.
According to the university, Joseph LeConte served in the confederacy and “used scientific language to promote racist ideas.” The building was named after him and his brother, John LeConte, a former UC president who was an officer in the confederacy.
The other building was named after David Prescott Barrows, a former UC president and decades-long faculty member at UC Berkeley. Barrows served as a school superintendent in the Philippines prior to arriving as a professor at Berkeley in 1910, and believed Europeans were “superior” to other races, and Filipinos were incapable of “self-governance.”
Raka Ray, dean of UC Berkeley’s Division