The work of the University’s Equality & Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee has continued over the summer. It has been further energised following the killing in May of George Floyd and the ongoing campaigning by the Black Lives Matter movement. Our Race Equality and Anti-Racist Action Plan is accelerating and amplifying our efforts.
… From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square.
… The interim decision has been taken because of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today.
Adam Smith said of David Hume:
“I have always considered David Hume as approaching as nearly the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man as perhaps the nature of human frailty will allow.”
But Hume wouldn’t have been surprised by contemporary test scores, so he must be canceled.
I see modern progressives have done what 18th Century reactionaries could not and convicted David Hume of the crime of blasphemy.
— Ben Sixsmith (@BDSixsmith) September 13, 2020