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Windows On A Shameful Past

by Kica Matos | Jul 25, 2016 12:11 pm | Comments (9)

Twenty-seven shards of glass: That is what remains of a stained-glass pane at Calhoun College depicting slaves picking cotton after Corey Menafee, an African American employee at Yale University, knocked it down with a broomstick. Mr. Menafee explained his act with great clarity, stating that “… I don’t know, something inside me said, you know, that thing has to come down … It was a picture that just — you know, as soon as you look at it, it just hurts.”

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Worker Smashes “Racist” Panel, Loses Job

by Daniela Brighenti, Qi Xu, & David Yaffe-Bellany | Jul 11, 2016 4:06 pm | Comments (5)

Yale PressAn African-American dishwasher lost his job after breaking a stained-glass panel in Yale’s Calhoun residential college dining hall that depicted slaves carrying bales of cotton.

The dishwasher, Corey Menafee, said he used a broomstick to knock the panel to the floor. He said he was tired of looking at the “racist, very degrading” image.

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