Across the nation statues honoring Confederate heroes are being removed and the naming of buildings for people with a history of owning slaves or supporting segregation is being questioned. After current FSU President John Thrasher condemned an outbreak of violence during a protest against the appearance of a white supremacist in Charlottesville Virginia in August 2017, he formed a committee to review FSU's current names and markers.
In July 2018, the Presidents Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions unanimously recommended FSU seek legislative action to remove B.K. Roberts’ name from the law school building, and Thrasher announced he would accept and promote the decision before the Florida legislature—the body with the ultimate authority to change the name.
Thrasher noted that to keep Roberts’ name on the law school would continue to honor someone whose deisions and actions do not reflect the university’s values or the rule of law, and that the name is a painful reminder of Florida’s segregationist history and highly offensive to many in the community. Thrasher also noted that the name celebrates a man who defied the highest court in the land and does so at the very place on campus where the rule of law is taught. Instead, Roberts’ contributions to the founding of the school should be recognized by a display within the law school instead of by his name on the building. The full text of Thrasher’s statement can be found here.
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