The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted 10-1 to keep the names of buildings honoring leaders who apparently helped grow the university while fighting the civil rights movement with anti-black and anti-Jewish policies ("Regents vote to keep U of M building names," April 26).
Students and faculty had pressed regents to rename the buildings, pushing the university to overcome its history of discrimination.
It would have been a simple symbolic gesture of welcome to people who do not always feel welcome in institutions designed for the dominant culture. The lopsided vote confirmed that sense of alienation. If this was any indication of how little consideration Minnesota's educational system gives to the life experiences of those not in the "in" crowd, we can expect no solution to the so-called achievement gap (itself a problematic notion) for a long time to come.