Ethics Professors On Renaming Monuments, Political Free Speech For Teachers

Jul 6, 2017

The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, which sits on the east end of the Country Club Plaza, is one of the most photographed spots in Kansas City.
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The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain is named after a man who did great things for Kansas City. However, his achievements were accompanied by racist beliefs and policies that still divide us. Today, the Ethics Professors discuss whether we should rename monuments that honor historic figures whose standards don't pass contemporary moral muster. Then, we explore the gray area of political free speech for public educators. Is it okay for a teacher to flip the bird to the White House and post it on social media?