Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Florida State Board Of Trustees Condemns Name On Law School Building

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  WCTV, FSU Board of Trustees Approves Resolution Condemning Name on Law Building:

B.K. RobertsThe Florida State University Board of Trustees is calling on the state legislature to change the name of its law school building.

The board voted on a resolution on Thursday afternoon supporting efforts by the University and the College to remove the name B.K. Roberts from the main law building.

B.K. Roberts, as the Florida Supreme Court’s Chief Justice “openly defied the US Supreme Court in steadfastly resisting the racial integration of Florida’s public law schools,” according to the resolution. ...

Roberts’ family isn’t happy with the development. His granddaughter, MaryAnne Terrell, sent a statement to WCTV, that accuses FSU President John Thrasher, among others, of doing their best to ‘run my grandfather’s name through the mud.”

I’m not happy about the situation because my grandfather was so proud of this accomplishment in his life. I will say this: my grandfather was not a segregationist. Out of everything good he did in this world, by pointing at one thing & giving him a generalized label simply isn’t fair. Now, given the current situation our country is in, it’s only a matter of time before this is settled. If the legislature decides to remove his name from the building my only hope it is renamed appropriately & not based on public opinion or matters that have nothing to do with the School of Law itself. No one, however, can ever take away the fact that B.K. Roberts is solely responsible for FSU having a School of Law.

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Just want everybody to pay attention to Mr. Unemployed here. He accuses me of doing something, falsely as it turns out. I then demonstrate how easy it is for anybody to use any handle around here, like someone who shows how a magician's trick is done. If I was really guilty of what he claimed, why would I reveal how that works?

Hey, at least somebody else actually agrees with me on some things. I really can't think of anybody who agrees with this guy, with all of his personal complaints.

And yet he still doubles down on his totally erroneous claims. Shouldn't call others "pathetic" when all you have to do is look in the mirror, pal.

Posted by: MM Classic | Aug 30, 2020 10:27:54 PM

Unemployed: "You sockpuppet under other people's handles..."

I did it once to show how easy it is. And Anon just responded.

Do you want to apologize for making claims about me you couldn't possibly prove?

I'd actually rather have you answer my original question. Why aren't you calling for the abolition of FSU like you did for the SATs?

Is moral consistency so difficult and painful for an anonymous troll to demonstrate?

Posted by: MM Classic | Aug 30, 2020 10:20:05 PM

It's OK, MM. I get it. You sockpuppet under other people's handles to make it look like people agree with your pap, and this one time you forgot to change the name auto-fill. But nice attempt trying to deflect blame everywhere. Very presidential.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 28, 2020 1:42:11 PM

Guys (Unemployed Northeastern), I, Anon, mistakenly typed MM in the Name field. Relax. I am not MM. Sorry, MM.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 27, 2020 3:52:18 PM

MM: Testing 1, 2, 3.

Here's proof for the low tech types that you can use any handle to post comments here.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 26, 2020 7:24:15 PM

UT: "It's hard to think of anything more pathetic."

Anybody can use any handle on this site, since you can't see email addresses. I honestly wouldn't put it past somebody like you to fake a comment like that and then respond to it. Now that's truly pathetic, if true.

But you validated my original comment, by avoiding it. You're not morally consistent at all, on any topic. That's modern leftism, par excellence.

Posted by: MM | Aug 26, 2020 7:19:34 PM

""I find myself agreeing with MM yet again. If the libs are serious, start returning things of value. They won’t. It’s all about power and elections.

Posted by: MM | Aug 19, 2020 9:32:04 PM""


How long have you been approving of your comments under different sockpuppets, eh? It's hard to think of anything more pathetic. Except getting caught doing it.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 23, 2020 6:50:10 PM

@Unemployed Northeastern: No. We wouldn’t name something for him today, no matter what party, but we also wouldn’t disturb a prior naming. It’s historical. A dumb relic.

You don’t pariah the losing side because it makes it harder to heal after a civil war. It is very likely we’ll have another civil war in this country, and these precedents will make it more likely that both sides will go for broke this time. Just a little warning to Democrats. The losers of the last civil war and the next.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 22, 2020 9:56:10 PM

UT: "Am I right?"

If you were morally consistent yourself, you'd be advocating the abolishment of not just FSU, but the Democratic Party, modern science and medicine, capitalism and socialism, and pretty much all aspects of society that can be traced back to white racism in the past.

After all, that's what you did with the SATs. You've got to be consistent, otherwise you're just a troll that nobody should take seriously.

Posted by: MM | Aug 22, 2020 3:03:57 PM

"I find myself agreeing with MM yet again. If the libs are serious, start returning things of value. They won’t. It’s all about power and elections.

Posted by: MM | Aug 19, 2020 9:32:04 PM"

Oh, whoops. Someone self-owned that they post under multiple pseudonyms. How trollish!

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 22, 2020 2:38:26 PM

"Let me guess. It's the name of another Democrat. Am I right?"

I have no idea his political leaning, and don't at all care. He's just a guy whose name that UF Law School and every lawyer in the state should never ever forget. The least they can do it put it a building.

Posted by: Tu Phat | Aug 22, 2020 11:00:09 AM

"Let me guess. It's the name of another Democrat. Am I right?"

If that is the case, certainly the GOP would support removing it. Am I right?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 20, 2020 8:35:33 AM

I find myself agreeing with MM yet again. If the libs are serious, start returning things of value. They won’t. It’s all about power and elections.

Posted by: MM | Aug 19, 2020 9:32:04 PM

When the board of trustees asks to have the university demolished and the property returned to the Apalachee and Seminole tribes, I'll take their condemnation seriously.

Posted by: MM | Aug 19, 2020 8:02:17 PM

Let me guess. It's the name of another Democrat. Am I right?

Posted by: Anon | Aug 18, 2020 10:11:24 PM

BTW, the answer to the question of who to re-name the building after is obvious: Virgil Darnell Hawkins. They can lift the inscription for the plaque from the petition that supported his posthumous readmission to the bar:

To recognize that the survival of democracy and justice in this country and the world requires individuals to take action at various times in history, similar to those taken by Hawkins, and that recognition of his noble efforts through posthumous readmission to The Florida Bar can serve to motivate others to allow the good of the many to outweigh individual needs, and to sacrifice the pursuit of happiness, so that others will enjoy a better world.

Posted by: Tu Phat | Aug 18, 2020 4:36:17 PM

Link to page summarizing the Hawkins admission saga, with onward links to opinions.

"Here in chronological order are the court cases in Virgil Hawkins's 9-year legal battle to gain admission to the UF law school. His quest was ultimately unsuccessful thanks in part to B.K. Roberts who in 1955 and 1957 wrote key opinions as Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice denying Hawkins admission to UF because he was black, even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there was no reason for delay."

Posted by: tu phat | Aug 18, 2020 1:14:19 PM