City University: Rename Cass Business School, originally named after a slave trader

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Sir John Cass was a major figure in the early development of the slave trade and the Atlantic slave economy, directly dealing with slave agents in the African forts and in the Caribbean.

We, students and staff members of City, University of London  reject the way in which the name of the CASS business school commemorates John Cass and by so doing embodies the racist and inhumane nature of his actions.

Whilst history shouldn't be forgotten, people who benefited from the enslavement of individuals do not deserve the honour of a School named after them. This should be reserved for those who bring about positive change and who fight for peace, equality and social unity.

CASS Business School has a significant proportion of international students, and the School continues to actively seek international students and prides itself in that it does not only expect students to "not only to learn but also to challenge, to look critically at the world in which they live and work". How is this achieved whilst also glorifying Britain's colonial and racist past?

In its recent statement dated 5 June, the University said "City abhors racism, is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and does not tolerate any forms of harassment and discrimination. However, we recognise that we cannot be complacent about racism within our own community and that inequalities continue to exist in society."

"We, the City leadership, are re-examining the ways in which we can support this work directly. We know that learning about the inequalities faced by the Black community and reflecting on them, is crucial to enabling us to stand proactively against racism more broadly and to challenge any structural and institutional racism that perpetuates such injustices."

We hereby demand City, University of London to rename the CASS business school. He does not represent our diverse and multicultural University.

We also demand the removal of ALL statues or pictures of figures who took part in the slave trade.