Should the US defund Harvard Law School until it changes its racist logo?

I was shocked, simply shocked to learn that my alma mater, Harvard Law School, uses a logo that has connections to slavery.

The crest of Harvard Law School displays three sheaves of wheat, arranged on a shield. The design is also the coat-of-arms for Isaac Royall Jr., who through his estate helped found the school.

Another part of Royall’s legacy, however, is that he was a slaveholder. You can still visit the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Massachusetts, which was “home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible,” according to its Web site.

You know how the federal government pulled the Washington Redskins' trademark protection?  I think it should do the same with Harvard Law School until it gets rid of this shameful logo.  Furthermore, all grants to the school and financial aid to students should cease until it erases this shameful racist legacy.

"Ve Ri Tas" should be replaced with something more contemporary and relevant, perhaps like "#BlackLivesMatter."  The three bushels of wheat should be replaced with something equally contemporary – perhaps an image of an undocumented worker, a transgendered boy/girl wrapped in a bath towel, and a gay imam preaching to his flock.

I mean, this logo hasn't presented any problems for nearly 100 years, but it's the most current perception that matters, just as no one complained about The Dukes of Hazzard until we recently learned it was a racist show.  It's almost as bad as a racial group that uses terms like "colored people" and "negro" in its very name.

You know, I remember seeing Barack Obama walking around in an HLS sweatshirt with the slave logo on it.  At the time I didn't think anything of it.  But now I have to wonder – did he know its true meaning?  Was he endorsing the school's racist past?  What do you think?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.

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