||No Berkeley building should be named after white men. They are all racist.
||Having read the report, you should absolutely un-name this building. You should also determine the material value he brought to the university (in terms of donations, tuition revenues, prestige, etc.) and pay reparations to communities he disparages equivalent to that amount adjusted for inflation.
||We should not perpetuate the institutions of racism by appropriating the legacy of people who publicly held racist views. I am in favor of renaming Moses Hall and removing the cultural stain from the University of California.
||I appreciate the thorough research that went into preparing the proposal to un-name Moses Hall; it must not have been pleasant to read through Dr. Moses's collected works, particularly for those involved who identify as non-white. I support the proposal to un-name Moses Hall; it is important for today's students to know that the university no longer honors those who would dishonor and demean large portions of the world's population.
||UC Berkeley cannot claim to stand for students of color if it continues to recognize and glorify racist people, and as an extension their racist values, such as Moses. This school has shown they can make building name changes and they must continue honoring that.
||The proposal says it much better than I could - I agree with it entirely.
||Bernard Moses is a bad person, don't glorify him with a building.
||Based on the evaluation of Bernard Moses' legacy in the Proposal to Un-Name Moses Hall, his racist views (then still the consensus in social sciences) regarding the essential characteristics of races and the superiority of the white race seem to have played an important role in his historiography of Latin America and the Unites States. The University should begin to counterweigh the harm of his legacy by un-naming Moses Hall.
||As a political science graduate student, I think it is important to reckon with the racist histories of our discipline. Renaming Moses Hall isn't burying or erasing history; it is a collective act of historical excavation and education. I learned a lot from reading the renaming proposal, and I thank those who have put the work in to examine Moses' writings and illuminate the disturbing origins of our disciplines.
||Moses academic writings are rife with blatant white supremacist beliefs; his legacy cannot be disentangled from his horrifyingly shameless opinions about race. There is absolutely no reason for any sort of memorialization or glorification of this racist man and his violent attitudes, and any continued memorialization would be a shameful act of disrespect and racism on part of the university.
||I think it is extremely important to re-name this building due to the racist rhetoric in his responses
||I write to the committee in my position as the Chair of Canadian Studies, a program which is housed in the currently named Moses Hall. I do so in my individual capacity, and on behalf of the entire program, with the full support of the Canadian Studies Faculty Advisory Board.
The goal of the Canadian Studies Program at UC-Berkeley is to deepen understanding of Canada and Canada-US relations and to support members of the campus community who are doing research, teaching and outreach on topics related to Canada. The Canadian Studies program is particularly proud of its longstanding support of Indigenous studies and research on diversity and multiculturalism. These are two key pillars of our public programming and research fellowships.
The report on Moses’s viewpoints shows that his scholarship and public views stand in marked opposition to the values of the Canadian Studies program. Prior to reading the report, I had no familiarity with Moses's writing. Now that I do, it feels extremely problematic to invite speakers and researchers working on issues of diversity and Indigeneity to our monthly colloquia or annual conferences, which are located in a building dedicated to Moses. In addition, our events are open to the public, and draw a diverse audience. We want to ensure that all participants feel welcome to attend and engage in Canadian Studies events. The same is even more true for staff, in Canadian Studies and other programs housed under Global, International, and Area Studies, who work in the building on a daily basis.
I and the Faculty Advisory Board of Canadian Studies thus support the proposal to un-name Moses Hall.
||This level of racism and bigotry is condemnable for any person past or present, and especially unacceptable in a leader and educator. Putting this person on a pedestal and honoring him with a building in his name is against everything the Berkeley community stands for, and the building should be un-named immediately.
||After reading the materials provided by the committee, the white-supremacist views of Bernard Moses seem undeniable to me, and as such, make him worthy of moral contempt rather than official recognition/glorification, and thus, warrant the un/Marisa I am sure that UC Berkeley has produced many more intellectuals worthy of that honor.
||I am strongly in favor of un-naming Moses Hall due to his racist legacy. All building names based on problematic professors, alumni, or donors, no matter their prominence, should be un-named. Thank you for doing the right thing.
||I had no idea who Bernard Moses was before reading the un-naming proposal, but after learning more, I strongly support the un-naming of this building.
||Seems like a good one to un-name. His writings were clearly white supremacist. There are plenty of others to name the Building after! Thanks for your work in researching this.
||Someone with such outwardly racist views, especially toward native peoples, does not deserve to have his name memorialized on Berkeley's campus. There are so many brilliant scholars who have made significant contributions to the university who are far more than deserving of the honor and recognition.
||We are no longer bound to remain silent or acceptant of racist and colonialist views. Not even those of a "prominent and influential" professor who once taught here at the University of California, Berkeley. No title nor status excuses white supremacist views. Views akin to that of Bernard Moses have no place here or, quite frankly, any place that has denounced white supremacy and racism. Perhaps the academics most deserving of a campus building named in their honor are those academics that challenge the divisive, prejudiced views that have remained a hurdle for many in this nation. It follows that the least deserving of the honor are those that advance these deeply misguided and unsettling views. Accordingly, Moses Hall should be un-named.
||Rename to “Momo Hall”
||I am strongly in favor of un-naming Moses Hall.
||Campus should not be celebrating white supremacists. It doesn't matter what work he did for the University if students and staff feel marginalized because a building on campus bears his name.
||Even though he lived from 1846 to 1931, there is no excuse. Karl Marx lived from 1818 to 1883 and Friedrich Engles from 1820 to 1895. We should name this hall the Marx and Engles hall. A pair who lived during his life time and stood for values which all students, faculty, and staff can and should aspire to today.
||Instead of upholding and praising values of white supremacy, there must be an active effort in finding and allocating shared spaces for people committed to inclusion.
||I find it absolutely appalling that in 2022 the names and horrendous legacies of individuals such as Bernard Moses have been maintained by a university that prides itself on progression, diversity, and inclusion of all student bodies represented in this prestigious school. Any individual that spouts the idea of racial preservation through means of prejudice or extermination to maintain the purity of English blood should be removed immediately from the surface of any building or signage. We do not honor and celebrate those that admonish other individuals for the hues and color of their skin we should condemn those individuals and leave them in the darkness of the spaces where their history will gather dust over time as they become antiquated. How can people possibly claim that we live in a post-racial society when many of the individuals that are hailed across institutions paradoxically persecute civilizations and societies for the very characteristic that defines race?
||It has been thoroughly documented the profound racist and settler colonialist ideals that Bernard Moses upheld throughout the course of his life and his time serving at UC Berkeley. He published numerous works around what today is called, "classical racialism" and has deep implications of eugenicist ideals. His white supremacist principles are reflected in his academic writing, and should not be honored nor celebrated.
||I feel it is necessary to remove the name as it is inappropriate to honor a man whose ideas were explicitly racist and colonialist.
||The act of naming a building after a person implies honor and respect for that person. We should not honor those who promoted white supremacy.
||Let's stop glorifying racists, please.
||Dear Esteemed Members of the Committee,
I think this is a very tough topic and decision. I applaud all of you for taking on this responsibility.
Should we even name any buildings or public spaces after people?
Can we leave buildings unnamed?
This is not to say that we should not and cannot acknowledge one another's achievements and contributions. Perhaps more tactful ways to honor and remember the many facets of our shared identity and the human experience exist...
In the case that the committee decides to name a building, does the option to name a building after a group of people, indigenous tribe, indigenous plant, or indigenous animal exist?
||I find it very oppressive to have to go to school on a campus that has buildings named after known racist and discriminatory individuals. I personally have walked past Moses Hall dozens of times and find it deplorable to honor a person with such degrading practices and point of views. I chose Berkeley because of it's high standards of education and dedication to excellence. A white supremist and their ideals have no place on Berkeley's campus of intelligence, high intellect, and diversity. Moses Hall needs to be renamed if Berkeley truly wants to rectify the mistakes of the past and have a truly inclusive environment for all persons.
||I think he should not be honored, but should be remembered. Not by a building being named after him, but in an acknowledgement in all the harmful racist attitudes held by Berkeley scholars past and present. Lots of work to be done in this aspect, but this would be a step in the right direction
||The University of California still has much work to do to atone for the legacy of colonialism and challenge the contemporary reality of white supremacy, I agree that renaming Moses Hall is a necessary step.
||The academic work for which Moses was honored by the naming of Moses Hall was so thoroughly and violently racist that, by maintaining the building name, the University would seem to recognize as a legitimate and positive contribution to the fields of history and political science a view that promotes the elimination and subjugation of all non-European peoples. Moses's belief in the inherent superiority of European peoples was a core tenet of all of his historical and political analysis. Further, he actively participated in US colonial policy by serving on the Second Philippine Commission.
||I support the un-naming of Moses Hall.
||I support un-naming Moses Hall and all campus buildings named after racists and colonizers. I urge the Committee to un-name the building and consider renaming it after a Black revolutionary.
||I suggest unnaming all buildings (including Moses Hall) and monuments that have been with the same name for "10-20" years, and then renaming them whatever. Please get rid of perpetual naming, no matter how much money was donated or how wonderful a name seems today. Live and learn. If some name is all that wonderful, then the name might be "renewed".
||I find tradition for its own sake to weigh very weakly on how we should act now and in the future. Why not un-name so that other positive ideas and people may be promoted. Philosophy is dedicated to the constantly and irreverently challenging of ideas so that they may be discarded or refined and intellectual growth achieved. It seems to be in this spirit to challenge and reflect on the naming of this building so that a better one may be found that properly represents this academic attitude.
||It's a reality UC Berkeley has a legacy of white supremacist scholarship. Unnaming Moses Hall is a gesture of goodwill to indicate the future of Berkeley is anti-racist. It's unconscionable to allow harm to be done to members of our community by honoring white supremacists on our campus. A change such as this is a reminder for all of to examine our own work to ensure we are not contributing to the legacy of white supremacy.
||If this wisdom is true "Never meet your heroes."
Then it would seem to fly in the face of that wisdom, to name a building after anyone.
If there were good ideas/ideals, then make a monument to the idea itself, to the ideals we want to live up to. But never to an actual named person, that only history can actually judge.
Only some distant future generation can really decide if they were all that or not, so leave it to them.
If the rule was:
you had to be dead for 100 years minimum, before any building could be named after you.
I'd be pretty sure that rule alone just about prevents most building un-naming to be needed later on.
As we can see right here, this very situation is that History IS The Judge. That appears to be fundamental reality we did not escape, so maybe best to act like it, and have some rules that reasonably reconcile with that reality.
If your friends think you're cool, is expected. If the future people 100 years from now also think you were cool, that's probably amazing enough they might want to name a building after you or put up a statue of you or something.
So let the future make their own decisions about who among us in the past was cool enough to get some kind of honors like that or not.
||Having read the Proposal, it is undoubtedly obvious that Bernard Moses was a white supremacist who justified colonialization through racist beliefs/remarks. By continuing to have the building named Moses Hall, UC Berkeley celebrates Bernard Moses and his racist beliefs. Please un-name Moses Hall and re-name it in favor of an under-represented/marginalized student/faculty/figure! There are better and more influential faculty that we can recognize and celebrate!
||I support the graduate students, faculty and staff in the Department of Philosophy in their recommendation to un-name Moses Hall based on Moses’ expression of racist, white
supremacist views in various published works. His racist, white supremacist views are at the center of all his work, which is not in alignment with the values and mission of the university and in fact, are in direct conflict with several of the Principles of Community.
||Sounds like a pretty good idea to me.
||The racist ideologies of Bernard Moses create a triggering and hostile racial environment for our community. They are in direct conflict with our campus' core values around equity, inclusion and belonging. We cannot proclaim to represent these principles while honoring a White supremacist in this way.
||I think the movement to re-name buildings over racial issues is healthy. Of course Moses was defined by his era but part of being in our era is rejecting the toxic belief systems of the past.
||Legacies do not exist beyond the test of time. It is clear that the ideas expressed in Moses' work uphold white supremacist ideologies. Each day, we make a choice about the legacies we maintain with the names we honor. Let us choose to answer this call to act with the obvious answer--un-name Moses Hall.
||Bernard Moses = Racist
||Bernard Moses was one of the worst offenders amongst those after whom campus buildings have been named. For years, I began my Urban Field Geography course with a day on campus, pointing out how campus buildings tell the story of how UC Berkeley developed and, as a part of that history, how the university has been complicit in everything from the Sioux wars to strike-breaking to building the H-bomb.
I feared that Moses Hall had escaped attention in the general discussion of erasing names of flagrant White Supremacists from UC Berkeley's honor rolls, so I am pleased to see this report. It is commendably thorough in analyzing Moses' scholarly writings, which display repeated and extreme instances of his racial and colonialist views. I was, however, a bit disappointed not to have seen more about Moses' role on the Philippines' Commission and the part it played in the disgraceful, brutal US conquest of the Philippines and suppression of the islands' independence movement after 1900.
Nevertheless, the report makes a thorough and damning case against Moses. He will not be missed, even if it makes the job of criticizing the university's dark side a bit less easy!
||the evidence from his work makes it very clear that white supremacist racism marks the fabric of Moses's thinking and scholarship. that is sufficient warrant for the name to be expunged from the building of an institution devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and to improving the lot of humanity. also, it's very easy to remove a name from a building, and it isn't a big deal, so just do it.
||The history seems clear that we should not be elevating and honoring Mr. Moses with a building. Should the building be un-named, I think a plaque / interpretive sign explaining Mr. Moses' legacy and why the building no longer bears his name would be cool.
||As a member of the philosophy department who uses the building every day, I would prefer the building were not named after someone who held and expressed views that demean and exclude members of our community.
||I would like to see buildings named after ideas and concepts rather than individuals. An idea is more inspirational than an individual. A single person may have furthered a concept and made great accomplishments but no one works alone. All of society contributes to the accomplishments of all others. Why single out one person. Why must we perpetuate an authoritarian model with 1 individual at the top of any given pyramid? If you want an egalitarian society then stop lifting individuals to VIP status and acknowledge that a society moves as one body towards the exploration of ideas and concepts. Each person must work toward the benefit of the whole rather than the benefit of themselves. By naming a building after a person UC Berkeley is indicating the person matters more than anything else .
||The racist views espoused by Bernard Moses are horrendous, and must not be celebrated by enshrining his name on a UC Berkeley building.
||I am a 1982 alum of UC Berkeley and lifetime member of the Alumni Assn. I have two children who are not anglo who I would like to encourage to apply to school there. I urge you to rename this building to further distance my beloved alma mater from it's racist past and allow my children to have one less encounter with this country's history of racist violence as they walk through the campus.
||I appreciate the loving hearts of those who are working tirelessly to reduce racism in our community, namely UC Berkeley, my alma mater as well as my husband's, my sister's and brother's... thank you, thank you so much!
||The building should be un-named. An institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge does not carry out its mission by accepting arguments based on inaccuracies and prejudice. Whole swaths of U.S., British, and other societies worldwide refused to accept and fought against Professor Moses’ espoused views long before his time at Berkeley. Professor Moses’ position as an educator makes his accountability paramount, rather than subject simply to opinions of his work. People at the time of his writings knew such views were worse than ethically bankrupt. There is only more grievous harm done by now ignoring such intellectual and ethical harm-doing, as his status and views could be weaponized. Conversely, addressing and working to correct it makes for that essential rising tide that lifts all boats. Fiat lux!