In light of the social justice movement, the University of Cincinnati plans to remove former Reds owner Marge Schott’s name from its baseball stadium and a library archive, due to her off-color comments in the past.
The school’s board of trustees unanimously approved the move Tuesday, 12 days after a Catholic high school also decided to remove references to Schott from its facilities.
Over the years, UC students, faculty and alumni have objected to Schott’s name on school facilities, but no changes were made.
“Marge Schott’s record of racism and bigotry stands at stark odds with our university’s core commitment to dignity, equity and inclusion,” said school President Neville G. Pinto, who recommended the change.
After Schott’s death in 2004, most of her estate went to a foundation that funds a wide range of philanthropic ventures. Her name is featured on many facilities in the city.
As Arash Markazi pointed out above, their hands were wide open back in 2006, years after everyone knew of Schott’s racist comments.