“Cancel culture” has been embraced by the left as an effective means to enact social change in its favor by publicly shaming and ostracizing those with opinions progressives find objectionable.
As a result of this societal phenomenon, the elite Horace Mann School in New York City is now facing calls to eliminate Bill Barr from its list of distinguished alumni, purportedly because of the attorney general’s role in ordering protestors cleared from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
Cancel culture targets Barr
The alumni committee at the prestigious Horace Mann School has received demands from both current and former students that Barr’s name be stripped from the institution’s list of distinguished graduates.
“It’s a big debate with the alumni committee as to whether or not to remove him,” an unnamed source told the Post. “They had to have an emergency meeting about it, but no decision has been made.”
A couple of current students started a Change.org petition, which has garnered just shy of 8,000 signatures, decrying Barr’s involvement in the removal of protesters from Lafayette Square as “callous and despicable” and in violation of “free speech and racial justice” as well as the school’s “Core Values of Mutual Respect and Mature Behavior.”
As such, the petitioners are demanding that the school revoke the alumni association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, which Barr received in 2011.
Outcome remains unclear
Proving correct the old saying that there is nothing new under the sun, the Post reported that this isn’t the first time Horace Mann alumni have targeted Barr. A former classmate of his who is now an attorney has reportedly insisted since Barr’s first stint as attorney general in 1991 that he is a racist who doesn’t deserve to be honored.
It remains unclear at this point if the Horace Mann alumni association will bow to the demands of the outraged mob; the Alumni Council released a lukewarm statement that took no side in the matter and provided insufficient hints as to which way it would eventually lean.
“We have heard concerns expressed by current students, alumni and school employees,” the council said, according to the Post. “We are convening our council to canvass the views of our alumni constituencies and to review in a deliberate manner the range of perspectives that are being communicated to us in connection with the award. We intend to consider the issues thoroughly and sensitively.”
Not the only one
Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reported in early June — in the immediate aftermath of the Lafayette Square incident — that faculty members at George Washington University Law School wanted to strip Barr of an honorary degree he had received from that institution.
Barr earned his J.D. from the school in 1977 and was bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1992 while serving as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush. Furthermore, one of the buildings on campus that welcomes students and visitors is named the “William P. Barr Dean’s Suite” in his honor.
Despite this, the liberal snowflakes at Horace Mann and George Washington University Law School — alumni, faculty, and students alike — disagree with Barr’s actions and words and therefore feel justified in effectively “canceling” his very existence, thereby scrubbing the honors he received as though he never even attended in the first place. What a shame.