Yale's mistake on John Calhoun

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  • Yale turns down student demands to remove John Calhoun's name
  • John McWhorter says Calhoun was too ardent a champion of slavery to be honored

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)I am generally not a fan of the fashion for demanding the removal from buildings of the names of people of the past whose views about disadvantaged groups wouldn't pass muster with e