T14 Law School Removes Racist Benefactor’s Name From Building

Berkeley Law (photo by David Lat)

We have to remember the racism that John Boalt expressed. But that doesn’t mean we honor him by putting his name on the building.

— Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law, in comments given about the decision to remove the name of its former namesake, “Boalt Hall,” from the elite law school. Per Berkeley Law lecturer Charles Reichmann, Boalt’s “most significant legacy” was his “advocacy for Chinese exclusion.” Boalt’s name was removed today from the law school.

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