The historic University of Edinburgh in Scotland decided to rename a building dubbed for philosopher David Hume after George Floyd.
“From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square,” read a Sept. 14 statement from the Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee of the school’s University’s Equality & Diversity Committee.
The sub-committee maintained that their work had been “further energised following the killing in May of George Floyd and the ongoing campaigning by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“It is important that campuses, curricula and communities reflect both the university’s contemporary and historical diversity and engage with its institutional legacy across the world,” the statement continued. “For this reason the university has taken the decision to rename – initially temporarily until a full review is completed – one of the buildings in the central area campus.”
“The interim decision has been taken because of the sensitivities around asking students to use