On Monday, Harvard Law School decided to officially change its seal — the slave-owning Royall family coat of arms will be scrubbed from the school logo by next year.
But what does this latest cleansing of university history mean in the larger context of elite education and its racist past?
According to Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at MIT, "The American academy never stood apart from American slavery—it stood beside church and state as the third pillar of a civilization built on bondage."
Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at MIT and author of "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities." He tweets @craigswilder.
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