On Sunday, PragerU released the latest “digital short” from Ami Horowitz. In the video, Horowitz asks students at George Washington University if the school should be renamed because Washington was a slave owner.
Some were unsure:
“Ooh, I don’t know that I have an opinion.”
“This question is putting me in a fix. I can’t decide.”
Others were more certain:
“Personally, I would change the name.”
“I think that it should be changed. I think that recognition is super important, and I think that ... recognition of who he was as a person ... That was 1776; it’s 2018, and I think it’s important that we realize and reupholster the systems that built us.”
Perhaps the strangest answer came from a student wearing a dark blue peacoat:
“We’ve sort of retrospectively mythologized this concept of liberty and freedom.”
However, one person had a different perspective:
“Absolutely not. Absolutely not. This is one of our Founding Fathers. ... If we forget liberty, if we forget the intrinsic nature behind the Founders’ philosophy of liberty, then what exactly do we have?”
At the end of the video, it’s noted that approximately 70% of students interviewed that day were open to the idea of changing the university’s name, while 30% were opposed.