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#CancelYale trending on Twitter nationwide

New Haven Register logo New Haven Register 6/20/2020 By Tara O’Neill
a castle on a hill overlooking a city: Yale University Campus New Haven, CT. © Patrick Sikes / For Hearst Connecticut Media

Yale University Campus New Haven, CT.

NEW HAVEN — Yale University has come under fire Saturday through tweets pointing out the university was named after Elihu Yale, a slave trader.

The hashtag “#CancelYale” started trending nationwide on Twitter.

In one tweet, from Jesse Kelly, around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, he said he called on Yale to “change its name immediately and strip the name of Yale from every building, piece of paper, and merchandise. Otherwise, they hate Black people. #CancelYale”

By about 6:30 p.m., the tweet by Kelly — an Iraq War veteran and former GOP congressional candidate — had been retweeted more than 17,000 times and liked nearly 40 thousand times.

The university’s director of media relations declined to comment.

Kelly, a conservative pundit, also called on Hillary Clinton for a response since she went to Yale.

“Why did you attend Yale University when its named after a slave trader?” Kelly tweeted.

Many others have chimed in, sharing incidents like one where a Black student fell asleep in a common room on the Yale campus, and a white student called police.

The university has previously been brought in the spotlight in August 2016 for a push to rename the Ivy League campus, starting at the top with Elihu Yale, “slave trader extraordinaire,” as he was described in a story then by the Wall Street Journal.

Editor’s note: Yale University declined to comment on the Tweets after being contacted by Hearst Connecticut Media over the weekend. This story has been updated to reflect that.

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