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LETTER: It is cowardly to rename Jordan Avenue

I frequently read the Indiana Daily Student online. While I find many of the articles either informative or uninteresting to me, I enjoy the opportunity to “re-visit” with a virtual visit to my alma mater. I follow the struggle to keep the paper financially viable and wish it well.

This morning I read the article about renaming Jordan Avenue because of the animosity toward its namesake, to follow the renaming of other historical features and landmarks. Such cowardice in the face of minority opinions displayed by IU and Bloomington officials!

[Related: City of Bloomington to rename Jordan Avenue, create task force with IU]

I once thought of IU as, yes, a very liberal environment, but a center of expression of many diverse opinions. I attended during the late 1960s and early 1970s. I often praised this place for its education and sports programs. However, in recent years I have been sorely disappointed.

I suggest it now begins to resemble in many respects something from “1984 and “Animal Farm.” For those ignorant of the comparison because of the emerging socio-political climate, I would suggest these books be read and pondered. Perhaps Bloomington city officials would benefit as well. 

Rolla Hendrickson Jr.

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