UO board strips historic KKK-associated name from dormitory | Local | Eugene, Oregon

UO board strips historic KKK-associated name from dormitory | Local | Eugene, Oregon – The UO-based Black Student Task Force last November asked the university to strip Dunn of the naming honor because he was an “exalted cyclops” in the Ku Klux Klan. Dunn died in 1937. Student body president Quinn Haaga urged the trustees to act in the wake of the death of 19-year-old Larnell Bruce in Gresham. The black teenager was purposefully run over by a white supremacist, according to police reports. “The state of Oregon has a very ugly racist history that was deeply ingrained in our policies and laws,” Haaga told the trustees. “Unfortunately, as this horrible tragedy illustrates, these sentiments are still very alive and well in many parts of the state.” Student leader Natalie Fisher said renaming Dunn Hall was a small thing if it would make UO students feel safer on campus.

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