MTSU to Remove “History” from Department of History

MURFREESBORO, TN – At a meeting on Wednesday night, the Middle Tennessee State University Panel of Ethics voted unanimously to remove “History” from the official title of the MTSU Department of History.

“History is riddled with offensive and racially insensitive conduct,” said Chairman Nathan Forrest. “The Panel feels that this decision further shields MTSU students from anything and everything that one particular student may find offensive.”

Last year, students organized a petition against the name of the Department of History. After building support on social media, a group of students formed the organization Change History Now and demanded that the MTSU Administration remove History from the Department Title.

“For the students of this campus, I think this is the most unifying decision the university can make,” said sophomore Paxley Miller. “To use the word History on this campus forces students to hear of a movement that includes war, terrorism, and genocide.”

“It’s unthinkable that the university has allowed this name to remain on campus this long,” echoed junior Brentley Montgomery, who protests for eight hours a day instead of working, paying taxes, or contributing to society in any other meaningful way.

“History is filled with crime and corruption,” Montgomery continued. “While on campus, students shouldn’t see or hear anything that makes them uncomfortable.”

The Murfreesboro Tribune Investigative Team has discovered that History has an extensive background in racial discrimination and offensive behavior. History includes such events as slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow laws.

“If we remove History from this Department, it will change everything,” said Miller. “It will be as if these horrific events never happened, which will make us all better people for never hearing about bad things.”

MTSU President Ridley McPeak acknowledged the Panel decision, but asked protesters for patience as the administrative process runs its course.

“This is not a simple issue. There are others who feel just as strongly as the students on the other side,” McPeak said. “We should be open to different views and different situations regardless of how we feel about it, or how repugnant it is. It’s part of our duty to let the other voices be heard in a deliberative, orderly process.”

Student leaders from Change History Now refused to accept calls for calmness and agreement.

“[Expletive] that,” said activist Jaymeigh Johnston. “Every day that we wait, History grows larger and larger. The time for action is now.”

15 Comments

  1. This is absolutely the stupidest thing I have ever heard!!!! If we don’t learn from “history” we will continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over again!!! And this is coming from our future leaders, heaven help us…….

    • Nancy F Lambert

      May 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      I agree, This is one of many stupidest thing I ever heard of.

    • This article is hilarious, and mockingly shows just how stupid people can get in trying to ‘cleanse’ our great history of something that may bother one person, yet intrigue others. NO names should be changed, no monuments removed, no history deleted; we should ADD to our history, which belongs to all of us, not tear it down. Grow up, and learn from history. Everyone’s history should be promoted, and none removed.

  2. I agree with Mike…if we ignore our history and what this country was founded on where does that leave us…stupid is where it leaves us…we cannot wrap our children in Cotton and go along like bad things never happen…without bad things happening where would all these kids be today….still be British…..why are all of these parents paying a fortune to educate these kids and let them get away with all of these stupid ideas..I am not highly educated but I am smart enough to know that American history is one of the most important subjects there is to be taught..get real people…and do something about your kids and their stupidity…this is the next generation we are listening to…

  3. SomeoneThatCares

    April 23, 2016 at 2:40 am

    While this is obviously satire, it’s making fun of the Forrest Hall name change. The decision to change the name came from the legitimate concerns of students that MTSU had a building named after someone that would have grossly discriminated against a majority of the student body. In no way is this article beneficial, thought proviking, or in any way furthering a social common good. It also does not contain journalistic integrity due to the blantant ignorance of the seriousness of the real events satirized. This article is disrespectful to the students that have worked towards the name change and the community of people that recognize the merit in such a change.

  4. Wow…. people actually agreed to let this happen???
    #embarrasedalumni

    • ItsSatireYouMoron

      July 23, 2016 at 5:17 am

      #evenmoreembarrassedalumni that you thought this was a real article.

      #shouldahavetakenthatclassinsatire #howsthatglasshousetreatingyou

  5. I love this!! In a world where everyone is overly-sensitive and offended by everything, this is truly a great article. On a side note, it’s sad to see that so many can’t recognize satire.

  6. “History is riddled … conduct,” said Chairman Nathan Forrest. “

    Ironically, Chairman Nathan Forrest, your name has some history also, but you have not changed it or erased it. History is exactly that, his-story, we don’t get to change it, we learn from it. The madness has to stop. We were once a superpower, now we are our country’s own greatest weakness.

  7. I graduated from MTSU in August 1977. With the recent caving in by the Middle Tennessee State University Panel of Ethics on several issues these past few months, I am boxing up the diploma I WAS so proud of displaying. I am now disgusted with the university (note no capitalization of university). I am ashamed to say I ever even attended classes on the campus. HISTORY is important. It is what it was, and I for one am sick and tired of those who want to “change” it just because THEY don’t like what it was.

  8. So very sad your little cupcakes might feel “uncomfortable” over unrevised history. History, good or bad, like it or not, is just that HISTORY.

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