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Black Yale Worker Shatters ‘Racist’ Panel, Loses Job

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“It’s 2016, I shouldn’t have to come to work and see things like that.” That’s the explanation offered by Corey Menafee, a black dishwasher at a Yale dining hall who lost his job for destroying a stained-glass panel he tells the New Haven Independent was “racist” and “degrading.” The panel in question (see it here) had been located in the university’s Calhoun College—named for 19th-century US VP and slavery advocate John Calhoun—and showed two slaves carrying cotton in baskets. Menafee was on cleanup duty on June 13 when he decided enough was enough: The 38-year-old took the broom he was using and shattered the panel. In a statement to Gawker, Yale says Menafee resigned from his job after the incident, in which falling glass “[endangered] the safety” of a passerby.

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The statement notes Menafee won’t have to pay for the panel, and though he was arrested by New Haven police and faced a felony charge of criminal mischief, Yale won’t pursue charges against him. But while Menafee says “it wasn’t my property, and I had no right to do it,” he says he lost his job because he was determined to be a threat to students, a claim he refutes. “I didn’t commit any acts of violence against anyone or any living thing,” he tells theIndependent. “I just broke the windows.”

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The incident isn’t the first involving Calhoun’s legacy and how he’s showcased at Yale: Students circulated a petition last year to get the Calhoun name scrubbed from the college and to dump any slavery-themed decor, but Yale President Peter Salovey said in April the name stays.

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