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Stanford to remove David Starr Jordan's name while hoping not to erase his 'complex' legacy

Original post made on Oct 8, 2020

Stanford will remove the name of its first president from campus buildings and streets, citing his leadership in the eugenics movement.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 8, 2020, 8:44 AM

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Posted by Kevin A.
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2020 at 11:24 am

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And there’s always the mystery of Jane’s murder hanging over Jordan’s period.


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Posted by More clueless rewriting of history
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 8, 2020 at 11:52 am

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It is getting ridiculous how people are rewriting history so that everyone in the past was suppose to play by todays standards and norms. Social norms and behavior were very different 200 or 2000 years ago. The study of eugenics was a topical and interesting subject at a time when people were interested in genetics and how people developed. And of course there were problems and abuses.

Too bad we can't see into the future (if humans survive our destruction of the planet) and see how the current crop of humans will be judged on their use of cloning and genetic design or even how we will be view for slaughtering innocent animals to eat them. You never know what standards future generations will judge you by, as is evidenced by todays denial of how humans have behaved since the dawn of time on so many issues.

To bad institutions that are suppose to teach critical thinking (major universities) now just bend to the latest trends and fads and are willing to tear down their history rather than support the idea that people were in good faith searching for answers in their own time period and in a way that worked for them at the time.


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Posted by Cancelled
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

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Jordan = Cancelled.

As a Stanford grad, I would've hoped my alma mater would do better than cave to the PC cancelling and renaming du jour. Teach history in its appropriate context, learn from it, don't erase it. Lest you too find yourself "cancelled" and erased in the future for something deemed perfectly acceptable today.


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Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

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"The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia."


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Posted by Barron Parker Too
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 8, 2020 at 1:26 pm

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@Cancelling hit it on the nail. This is the same lunacy that calls for destruction of statues of the founding fathers of this nation, most of whom were from Virginia, because they had slaves.

The same PC that calls for the cancelling of living writers like J. K. Rowling, who had the audacity to state the scientific truth that there are two biological sexes and when you are born every one of your several trillion cells marks you as one of them.

This will not end until people stand up to the woke mob and insist that we respect our history and reject this epidemic of cancellation.


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Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 8, 2020 at 4:24 pm

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History is not being rewritten by this, merely revealed. Jordan's activities are well documented, first of all by him.

"Cancelling" would be removing information about Jordan. That is precisely what is NOT happening here according to this article.




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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 8, 2020 at 4:43 pm

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Eugenics was initially a study of genetics passed down from a family tree in an effort to reduce certain birth defects including mental retardation (or what was commonly referred to at the time as 'feeble mindedness').

The problem that eventually arose was when these scientists attempted to associate eugenics with perceived societal defects such as poverty, alcoholism etc. which are oftentimes the product of social background.

They studied generations of derelicts and mistakenly attributed these characteristics with genes rather than environment & their theories were eventually dispelled.

Unfortunately these 'scientific' studies led to forced abortions, sterilizations and while in prison, Hitler came to embrace eugenics as part of his 'master plan'.

As a result, the study of human eugenics became discredited as a scientific endeavor.



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Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2020 at 11:40 pm

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@ Lee Forest, you are CORRECT SIR! Fortunately today we have CRISPR technology.


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Posted by Steve Dabrowski
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 9, 2020 at 6:10 pm

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Well, my esteem for Stanford just dropped several points!


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

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>"...like J. K. Rowling, who had the audacity to state the scientific truth that there are two biological sexes and when you are born every one of your several trillion cells marks you as one of them."

^ Curious....so are the T/transgender & Q/questioning factions within the larger LGBTQ grouping merely embracing or adhering to a 'state of mind'?


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