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The Apostle of California, persona non grata


Junípero Serra is honored throughout the campus of Stanford University.

There’s Serra Street, Serra Dorm, and Serra House. The university’s address is 450 Serra Mall.

He was a Catholic priest who founded the mission system of California and dubbed the Apostle of California. But some consider him an evil man guilty of genocide, and they are working hard to obliterate him from the campus.

Of course, trying to erase what makes us uncomfortable won’t work. But when did common sense enter into this?

Serra has a lot going against him. He wasn’t only a Christian, but a proselytizing one, whose job entailed convincing folks that Jesus was the Son of God. That’s very unpopular on college campuses these days.

Then, there’s the fact that he’s a man, and a European one. I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually someone claims that he was a closet Protestant. The closer to the WASP stereotype the better.

One student of Native American descent feels really bad about it.

It makes me feel like nobody knows about, or cares about, my history. The prominence of Serra’s name on campus perpetuates the history of abuse. When we’re only uplifting a singular history, how are we contributing to the colonization of American Indian people?”

Okay, why not begin by adding monuments and such honoring Native Americans? I doubt there would be any opposition.

Where will this end? Censorship is such an evil, except when I agree with it, say the students at Stanford.

Another student reminiscences about the good ol’ days, the 1970s, when the school mascot was changed.

“Changing the mascot was an extraordinary act of decolonization on the campus.”

What the heck? Will tearing down statues do a damn thing?

Actual decolonization would require the forced removal of those descended from European immigrants.

I am oh-so-tired of political correctness on steroids.

Where are the true leaders on campus? Or is Stanford as lost as so many other previously great institutions?

Sadly, they don’t want to stop at Serra. They want a review process for every single name used on campus.