Friday, July 22, 2016

Stained Glasses at Yale Spark Protest

Many people rallied Tuesday morning in-front of the Superior Court Building on Elm St in support of a former Yale employee Corey Menafee, 38. He was terminated after he broke a controversial window pane with a broom handle while working in the Calhoun College Dining Hall on Yale's campus.

The window pane depicted two African-American slaves picking cotton, which disturbed Menafee when looking at it daily. Calhoun, for whom the College is named, served as the 7th vice president of the United States and was an outspoken and foremost supporter of slavery and the preservation of slavery,

The images led to ongoing fights in the past years between Yale and the facility, alumni, students and community over getting the dining hall and its symbolism to Calhoun's legacy removed and renamed, which Yale is considering now especially after this controversial action took place.

Meanwhile, Menafee's actions were used to force him resign after nine years of employment as a dishwasher on the university's campus. This led to a large debate and support and rally during Menafee's court appearance.

He did not enter a plea to the charges in the June 13th incident of second degree reckless endangerment and first degree criminal mischief which is considered a felony. His court case was continued to July,26.

Many people took to social media expressing mixed views for Corey's choice of action which he soon after apologized for doing. Friends even starting a "Go Fund Me Page For Corey" which has grossed over $19,000 in the few days its been created, toward a $25,000 goal which is sure to be reached.
Social organizations for immigration and equality rights and Yale's political community and student organizations are coming to Corey's aid and supporting him and calling on Yale to "re hire" Corey and move into the 21st century with change.

Yale who agreed to drop charges if Menafee resigns, says it will remove a number of window panes and replace them with new tinted glass and donate the old controversial window panes to its museums.

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