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There are 79 comments on Is It Time to Rename Rhett, BU’s Mascot?

  1. According to a Google search over 25,000 boys and girls have been given the first name of Rhett since 1917. Should they all change their names? If they don’t are they racist? I think not. As a 2009 alumni of the University (Met’MCJ) I would like to offer my thoughts on this discussion. Recent events beginning with the George Floyd murder have sparked generational changes surrounding the issue of racism in America. I think if the systemic changes that people of all races are seeking may backfire and things may be worse than before the Floyd incident. Statues coming down all over the place, calls for police de-funding, changing of military base names all should be carefully considered by the localities where they are. Not by “peaceful” protesters roping them and in gangland style toppling them to the ground. I was raised by my parents and through my profession- law enforcement- that this behavior is criminal and should be addressed as such. Recently I retired after 44 years as a police officer. I always felt that my oath and basic human dignity would cause me to treat all persons equally as well as fairly. I took the approach that being”firm but fair” was the right way to treat people of all races and orientations. I also learned over those years that there is no worse person than a “bad cop”. I believe that until we have groups that are identified by the nature of their mission rather than the race of their members we will not overcome racism. I see no need for “Miss Black America” or the “Congressional Black Caucus”, or the “Black Police Chiefs Association”. As long as groups are recognized by the color of their skin there will always be a divide. The divide is very wide now and changing the name of a school mascot could widen it, or just be a misguided expression of trying to do “the right thing”.

    1. RGF,

      I greatly appreciate and agree with your opinion and comments. I am also concerned from a practical level, what type of time and resources are going into these issues. In addition to being an Attorney, I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University- having gone to both Undergrad and Law School at BU and having played soccer.

      We are in a major crisis for the Fall semester with the Corona virus- students and professors afraid across the Board to return to Campus, still not knowing whether they will attend class, view online or continue at BU at all given the economic crisis that has stemmed from the virus and the President of the University is focused on convening a committee to discuss changing the name of our mascot? Truly misplaced.

      I also think people in certain positions should take more responsibility in condemning the actions of the “peaceful” protestors you referenced. In the Seattle protest alone, two people were murdered, at least one woman reported being raped and dozens of related injuries to both protestors and law enforcement. I also cannot imagine the expense and damage caused by these people. So, I would really like to see BU a little more focused on figuring out how to address these issues- a true crisis, I mean we have the highest rate of deaths in the world right now in what is considered to be the world power and BU is focused on Rhett?

      Thank you very much for your service sir and I hope you and your family are healthy and doing well!

      1. Jerry – thank you very much for your kind thoughts but more importantly your comments- there are more pressing issues than this. It would be interesting to see if this Presidential “renaming” committee would ask someone with my views to be a member? I doubt it because unfortunately these groups are often comprised of people who have already formed their opinion. Best of health to you and your family and to all of BU!

      1. Addison – that’s correct and very proud of it. Think for a moment -you are having a family dinner and Grandpa suffers a heart attack – in 99 % of jurisdictions in the United States – the person to first respond would be a police officer (or “cop” to use your language”). That officer may save the life of your Grand Pa. Or if you are in a motor vehicle crash and the first person at the scene is a police officer to pull your child from a car seat prior to it bursting into flames. Yes, as a cop I always felt that I was part of a group referred to as “necessary evils”. We are the first person you want to see when you need us – but the last person you want to see when you are up to no good. Try to call a social worker to give your Grandpa CPR! It is an unbelievably tragic event which resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death – no sane person – officer or civilian could justify it in any way. That being said – there is no need for universal police reform because of it. Every police department and every police officer should reexamine their on professionalism – but more importantly their heart – to do the right thing and nothing more – nothing less.

        1. RGF-

          Indeed, I also thought it poignant recently that a 19 year old African American was shot in Seattle in the “chop” zone while protesting law enforcement. His father said, in tears on Fox, where were the police to help him?

          While empathetic to the death of anyone, particularly one so unnecessary, it seems rather ironic. There have been confirmed now, 21 deaths of African Americans due to the BLM protests.

          On another note, referring to your kind and thoughtful comments RGF, I do believe that BU should have a wider spectrum of those on these types of committees – I hope you may find the time to look into it further.

          And, of course, Happy Fourth my friend! I hope you, your family and anyone from BU who may take a read have a great weekend, be safe, have fun and enjoy!

          Best always,


      2. And the fact that he was a former police officer matters EXACTLY WHY to you?? Does his former profession exclude him from having an opinion?? YOU are a perfect example of what is wrong in our society today. You refuse to hear any opinions other than your own and you EXCLUDE this gentleman simply because he was a police officer!! You should be ashamed of your astonishing IGNORANCE!!

    2. 25,000 boys and girls are not necessarily named after the cultural icon of the Antebellum South… nor are any of them symbols representing a learning institute comprised of students from all walks of life. You’ve fully missed the point by referencing random people going by the name Rhett…
      Also, it actually doesn’t matter if you (or I) see the need for a:
      Black Miss America (there is a pageant for nearly every ethnicity, so why not them),
      Black Police Chiefs Association (maybe if black chiefs were invited to the national round-table, they wouldn’t feel the need),
      Black Caucus (there are caucuses for all sorts of demographics and issues, some comically mislabeled, like the Freedom Caucus). It’s THEIR business. Thanks for your opinion, though.

      1. Keith – thanks for your reply – but tell me what other beauty pageant there is? Obviously I may have missed the “point”. But i’m only trying to make the point that we are Americans – all of us – in this together. I’m sorry if the following offends you or anyone else – but I believe we should all be referred to as Americans – not Italian Americans – Not African Americans – but Americans. Should I be offended if I am not referred to as a German American. Heck no. As I stated in my very first comment the other day – the deeper this discussion across America gets – things could get worse (God help us all) and not better.

        One last thing about police and law enforcement – after the George Floyd incident – there was an out cry for a renewed emphasis on police training in the United States. I read somewhere there are about 800,000 police officers in the US. If all received a weeks training in deescalation and arrest techniques would everyone be satisfied? Would that solve the problem? No – because as in the Minneapolis incident it only takes one “bad cop” to ruin it for everyone else. Could any of us ever imagine that the officer (i’m not going to state his name) could have single handedly caused such pain for all of us. No matter what status in life each of is in – we need to renew our love and respect for each other no matter the color of our skin.

  2. As Rhett’s dad, i am appalled that the university would change the name of the mascot. Rhett , my dog and my son, was a perfect blending of black, white and brown. He loved being with all the people at BU, and people of all races and religions loved him. I have a feeling that Rhett is very sad up in heaven right now and he probably doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about!! Thanks a lot for breaking his heart !!!!!!!!!

    1. I’m never surprised to see how many staunch, white, old, alumni have ‘opinions’ in these matters that really just center on their own feelings and how change makes them ‘uncomfy’. If you think it doesn’t matter if the mascot’s name is Rhett, what does it matter if his name ISN’T Rhett?

      1. White, old alumni…tell me who’s discriminating here?Why don’t we take a lesson from our most notable alumnus and stop judging one another by the color of their skin, but as individuals.

      1. hopefully you never got to pet Rhett!!!! But tens of thousands of students did and there was no problem with his name, he was beloved by all students of all religions and races!!!!!!

  3. I believe the name Rhett came about in the early 80s. The name came from terrier. The first letters backwards = “Ret” which then morphed to Rhett as in Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind since the mascot was a bit of a scoundrel.

  4. I appreciate that during this ongoing pandemic, potential layoffs, and general uncertainty, the President has found the time to involve faculty in this pressing issue.

    1. Amen to that! Can we please suggest a better use of precious time and resources than dealing with a mascot name? I don’t care if you change it or not, but it shouldn’t be the focus.

    2. Writing a simple letter to the student body? How did this task take up much time?
      Especially for a task that should’ve been done 30 years ago. BU is not in Atlanta, so why reference it? Some university presidents can multitask.

  5. Brown is really reaching on this one. I would like to see a petition with all the names of those”offended” by the name Rhett. The liberal professors at this university form a mob mentality and are clearly prepared to destroy all BU history that doesn’t fit their narrative. Maybe they should start by accepting more black students? Last I checked they make up 14% of the population in the US but only 4% of BU…

    1. I assure you that professors don’t care about this. Right now, they’re all rightfully more concerned about Brown deciding they need another pay cut or a lay off to worry about the name of a school mascot.

    2. Fair points. ^ALL of it. To further that notion, whilst walking my dog I randomly inquired about “Rhett” this AM with 2 of my neighbors (who are black). They both felt strongly that changing a name which does not strike either of them as offensive seemed unimportant. They BOTH said something VERY interesting- changing a name seemed more like a WHITE- Person’s agenda to give a show that they’re more accepting of the climate and it was very fake white-people’s press.

      I think the name is non-offensive personally and my black neighbors do as well. Probably the aim should not be to remove a non-offensive mascot’s name but rather to incorporate a higher acceptance of qualified black applicants/students to BU. Will that happen? Time will tell.

      My 4 year-old votes that the name should be Chickpea the Terrier … so there is that perspective- out of 4 people only my 4 year-old thinks a name change is in order.

  6. As a former Rhett the Terrier, having appeared on campus as Rhett from 1986-1989, and knowing the history of the development of the name, the costume and the character, I am happy to provide context to this discussion. Rhett the Terrier was created and named in approximately 1983-84 by a student named, Daryl Wright. Daryl enrolled at BU after taking time after graduating from HS in Canada, to perform as a professional figure skater in touring companies where characters (like those found in Sesame Street on Ice and Disney on Ice) were commonplace. Daryl arrived at BU to find that the mascot costume being used at the time was not only scary looking, it had no personality and was not something that brought fans into the games, rather – it sent them screaming for the doors.

    Daryl went to the then BU Athletic Director, John Simpson, and got permission to design a new costume, and with it a new character. Based on the Boston Terrier breed itself as well as BU’s location in the City of Boston, Daryl went to work. The Terrier is a compact breed, the costume that Daryl designed was for an individual who was between 5’2″ and 5’6″. Daryl was over 6 feet tall and never actually wore the costume he developed. The shoulders were broad, like a Terrier and the gait was a confident stride … like a Terrier. The face of the costume, unlike the costume that has been used since the early 90’s was more true to the breed as well, with a pushed in face and snout.

    As far as the personality, the Terrier was a city dog with a city personality. He had a swagger and a street-wise toughness that showed that despite his size in stature he was not going to be pushed aside, however, the Terrier also loved to be in on the action and was approachable and fun to be around. When trained to be Rhett, our most often used gesture was a “high five”, Rhett wanted to celebrate with you, he was your friend, your friend from Boston.

    Daryl, as you can see, put just as much work into the development of the personality as he did into the costume. It is no wonder that he spent a great deal of time coming up with the name. For that he gained inspiration from the University’s colors: Scarlet and White. Scarlet, the most famous Scarlet, was Scarlett O’Hara from the movie and book, “Gone with the Wind”. Scarlett’s love interest was Rhett Butler and no one loved Scarlett more than Rhett – and that is where the name for the Terrier came from.

    There is the history. And with that said, it is time for Rhett’s name to be retired, and new name, new personality, and possibly even new costume, needs to be created. Rhett Butler was a slave owner. That is all, that is the fact. Now is the time. In my opinion, it is past time. I have said for years that maintaining the name has been the wrong decision. We cannot tout a civil rights leader as our most notable alum, we cannot strive to improve the enrollment and experience of black students, nor can we focus our attention on a future committed to the study and engagement in anti-racism by maintaining the name, Rhett. Hard stop.

    For those who argue that this name is a tradition, I say this with authority – having worked in higher education for 30 years (including 13 years at BU): traditions are part of higher education. But, there are two types of traditions that are baked into every college campus: “Big T” Traditions, which serve as the doctrine of an institution, literally why the institution exists, and “little t” traditions, which are the events that community members experience over their time at the institution. Rarely, if ever, do campus community members get heated about the “Traditions”, rather they lose their damn minds over the “traditions”. Take for example the 1999 Texas A&M Bonfire collapse that killed 12 students. Even after that horrible event, the A&M campus community debated for years over the value of maintaining this “tradition” … only to finally determine that it would be cost prohibitive to move forward with the “tradition” with necessary safety tweaks and changes. For A&M, there are still alumni who are heightened about this “tradition” and feel that the institution is irrevocably changed without it. A&M has not changed its mandates, its doctrine, its “Tradition”. Replacing the name of Rhett will not change Boston University’s “Tradition”, it will start a new “tradition.”

    I cannot speak for Daryl, or any of the Rhett the Terriers who donned the costume and represented BU, I can only speak for myself. I loved my time as Rhett. I got to dance, be tossed around by cheerleaders, and I even confronted (in a not so dignified way) the Duke Blue Devil at the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament in 1988. Then president, John Silber, who attended the game scolded me for my antics, but also agreed that the Blue Devil was a bit of a “jerk”.

    While I never skated, we had “skating Rhetts” who were far better than me, I did get to travel with the Football team to London, England for a fundraiser where BU took on the University of Richmond in Crystal Palace stadium. The fundraiser was for children’s cancer hospital. A facility that I toured along with the BU football captains and our counterparts from the University of Richmond. In 1988 there were not a lot of “characters” walking around in a cancer hospital cheering up sick children, but I was happy to do so. I will never forget a little boy who grabbed Rhett’s tail, and followed me around for some time. When it was time for me to leave my visit, I squatted down and gave him a typical Rhett hug, being mindful of the tubes in his arm to the IV drip that he was dragging along with him. “I love you, doggie” was what he said to me, and I will never forget his voice. That is what I remember about my experience wearing the costume, the moments, not the name.

    I applaud the decision to change the name, but I do have a request, please think it through. Find a name – and a personality – that fits who we aspire to be as a University community. Oh, and one more thing … bring back the breed specific face, the current costume is more of a hound than a Terrier.

    1. Thank you for providing the history of the invention of this “tradition.” Why continue to gratuitously offend members of the BU community by retaining a name that was a silly reference to a fictional character in the first place? Why does our mascot even have to have a name? BC’s Eagle does not, for example. We are Terriers, not Rhetts.

    2. Thanks Laura,
      Your perspective, insights, and history of BU’s adoption of ‘Rhett’ is very helpful. Your post stands out as perhaps the only one actually worth reading. A mascot is a promotional tool. There is no doubt that the association with white supremacy is offensive to many. It’s unfortunate that it’s not offensive to all. The first rule of product promotion is: try not to tick off your constituent and clients. Rhett obviously does. Removing Rhett is the only layoff BU can do that hurts nobody and lifts up everyone. It’s a no-brainer.

  7. Truly we’ve progressed from the sublime to the ridiculous. Crossed the Rubicon. Jumped the shark…

    When people become upset that one fictional character shares a first name with another fictional character we have lost our grip on reality.

    Robert E. Lee was a real person, and a real rascist. Shall we ask all men named Robert to change their names now?

  8. Sounds pretty simple to change the racist name of a cartoon dog that you let represent your institution for almost 100yrs. The name obviously offends people and can be changed without wasting time and effort with committees and discussion. Time for our leaders to lead and make the easy decisions. With people losing their jobs I think administrative efforts should be concentrated elsewhere.
    How about “Scar” short for Scarlet the schools color.

    1. If we’re going to change the name of the mascot, surely BU should consider changing its official colors as well? I mean, the color is called “Scarlet,” and that seems equally offensive as the name “Rhett” to me.

      1. I’m against changing the BU Mascot name in the context of being PC during these troubling times. We have gone from the ridiculous to the sublime! There are better ways to spend the BU community’s time and efforts!

  9. Thank you RGF. I feel and think the same way.There are so many problems and issues the University should address. Names and symbols are just the surface. A mascot? come on please.
    Is this movement going toward editing books, movies, ban or burn them and the monuments? Nazis burned books in the squares, Chinese cultural revolution banned Shakespeer classic music, classic literature, taliban destroyed Afghanistan ‘s historical monuments etc etc.

        1. I totally agree with Konrad.

          We should not forget that large part of academia has gone to great extent to whitewash the crimes of Mao, Stalin and the likes.

          The current moment is not different form what happened in the Soviet Union or still happens in China.

        2. I can assure you that no one’s had their father dragged out of their house by a mob because they didn’t support changing a name for a mascot.

  10. As with others, I too, am disappointed that BU is considering changing Rhett’s name. I believe that as an action to further the necessary discussion of a highly worthy cause, this is a real stretch. It is embarrassing to me, as a BU alum, that with so many other things that could be done to raise more awareness and to demonstrate more meaningful action toward social injustice and inequality, this is BU’s response. Let’s rename the dog. Seriously?

  11. Just call the dog “Terry” already.
    I did the research on this.
    “Rhet” was a terrier mascot costume created and named by a Canadian undergrad in November of 1983, and made his first appearance at the BU vs. Bucknell football game that year. People started to forget his name by the 1990s, but the costume was redesigned and revived, and by the early 2000s “Rhett,” now with two “t”s, was back in the spotlight.
    There have been various names for BU terrier mascots over the years, including “Gulliver,” “Fumbles,” and “Touchdown.”

  12. What about recognizing Juneteenth across the campus and as a paid holiday? What about renaming Christopher Columbus day? What about cutting ties with the BPD? What about preventing potential mass layoffs and cuts to staff benefits? What about accepting more POC both in staff and student bodies? What about real change? What about difficult change? This issue is performative and gimmicky. We’re in a national health crisis facing layoffs, uncertainty, and a horrific economic depression. Do better, BU.

  13. Thanks, Laura, for this context. In my long-ago era (1951-1955), a real terrier always made an appearance at football games and got a big cheer. Our focus as a university should be on the subject of the other article today, Ibram X Kendi and his appointment as the Mellon Professor. I have seen him on national and local television and this is the forward looking image that BU should be projecting, and is. That said, I have enjoyed seeing Rhett at hockey games in recent years, and know the mascot will continue whatever the name. Go BU – let’s stay positive.

  14. I have been on the BU faculty since 1974. This is the first time I ever heard of a connection between the name “Rhett” and the character from “Gone With the Wind”. Now that the connection has been made by this announcement of yet another BU task force, I will never be able to look at our mascot with the same eyes…

    If BU wants to look into something potentially more serious, I would suggest examining the political views espoused by Arthur G. B. Metcalf, after whom our most prestigious teaching awards are named (along with a building or two). The views were expressed in editorials for the “Strategic Review”, published by the United States Strategic Institute, which he founded and financed.

  15. I never liked the name Rhett for the mascot
    However, I like even less bullies out there demanding changes in things they don’t like.
    I worry that if you given in to these bullies it gives them power to go after you for something else . We have so many more important things to deal with.
    It seems like the university has already made a decision and will take the easy path and change the name .
    Consider name change to Rex which comes from the Latin fir king. Or Terry which comes from the German meaning Power of the tribe
    Rex sounds stronger and similar sounding to Rhett
    GC CAS 77/80

  16. I think I speak for many students in saying that while this introspection is appreciated, (and maybe it is time for a change), it is absolutely LOW (if not nonexistent) on the list of priorities as to how our institution can change for the better. President Brown shrugged off our petition to cut ties with Aramark because (and I will use his words) “I also worry with the concept that any vendor that does something someone doesn’t like that you have to get rid of the vendor”.

    President Brown says this and then turns around and says we have to change Rhett’s name because of “student demands” (the petition that started this specific movement came about from an Alum, not even current student groups).

    It’s been very clear to us that President Brown and his administration really has no idea what their priorities are as an institution.

  17. let’s rename George Floyd because he was named after George Wallace….or was George Washington…or was it George Preston Marshall who founded the RACIST Washington Redskins….or was it George Soros?

  18. Get over it! It’s time that any trace of glorification of the treasonous Confederacy, no matter how minute, be erased from the public domain. Aren’t those opposed to this long overdo cleansing of tangible and symbolic adulation for such a heinous institution trying to erase the historical documentation of its character and acts. It appears most of us simply do not want thrust in our face even one more shred of honoring recognition of that odious institution.

    1. Let’s not get carried away.
      It’s just a mascot. If the (fairly recent) name can be changed (in one minute) we STILL have the terrier of old.

  19. I’m all for changing the mascot name – how about ‘Martin’ after one of your most famous alumni? But while you are at it, substantive changes like some that previous commentators have mentioned are arguably more important. BU needs to become a more supportive employer too – rather than rushing to kick to the wall employees with decades of service. More efforts in these areas would foster more loyalty than a mascot.

  20. I wouldn’t have made this a priority but it does surprise me how tightly people hold onto things. And it is telling of how far we have to go as a school that we need a committee to vet this issue for three months. Commercial companies toppled their name brands in a matter of weeks but we have to deliberate over the name of a fictional dog that half the school couldn’t name if you asked. And with the nonstop highlighting and boasting of the new Center on Racism Research in the background.

  21. Despite halting contributions to faculty and staff retirement accounts, delaying hiring, freezing pay raises, and taking other emergency measures, BU still finds itself with a near $100 million hole in its budget for next year.

    The fact that the administration has organized a committee to study this mascot issue – particularly in light of more pressing matters – is comical and absurd.

    That anyone thinks a university founded by abolitionists and that counts Martin Luther King Jr. as an alum is somehow suffering a crisis of conscience and at risk of tarnishing the school’s reputation and image is even more absurd. I’d be laughing if it weren’t my alma mater.

    Here’s a thought: disband the committee and take a deep breath. Students voted to name the mascot Rhett a hundred years ago, why don’t you just…let students nominate a slate of new names and vote for a name? You could even leave Rhett on the board for consideration.

    A laughably simple problem has a laughably simple solution. Quit overreacting and put the mascot’s name up for a vote.

  22. I well understand the reaction to the name Rhett, and I think most people would have no issue with removing it. The Association of the “Scarlett” quote was tenuous anyway and I doubt 1% of the BU community knew anything about the history Of the name until the subject was quite rightly raised.

    However, I think there is no reason to change the mascot itself. I dare say most who see it have never known he even had a name. And it has rarely been written on any of the many images and representations I have seen.

    I do not find this vague and largely association with our shameful crime of slavery in anyway comparable to other mascot names and depictions which really have to go ASAP (eg Washington “R-s” and Cleveland ”I-s” which are overt and constant reinforcements of racism).

    I have a simple proposal.

    Just rename him “Red.”
    That maintains the association with the school colors, and purges “Gone With the Wind” associations.

    The mascot is fun and charming. Lose the name and make telling the history of why this was done part of every Freshman orientation. That’s how we unteach racism and unite the community in fighting many battles to make reparations for crimes against humanity that persist today.

    Proud BU Parent,
    Anthony Vogel

  23. So where is the outrage for the name Yawkey on the Student Services building????? Tom Yawkey, a big time well known rascist , the owner of the last mlb team to have African Americans on the team???? Oh wait , they gave millions of dollars to BU, so its cool that their is a rascist name on a BU building!! Clearly what was i thinking, but lets worry about what we are going to name the mascot.

  24. I love the mascot, and think he’s adorable – fun and fierce at the same time.

    Renaming him seems appropriate. Even if it’s low on the importance scale relative to other things going on, it’s also easy, and can even be a fun distraction when we could definitely use one.

    I love the idea of the name Terry – it would be cute, and fit the mascot perfectly, even working for any gender, which would be nice for a change! (Why are all the mascots male anyway?!)

  25. I am glad in these “unprecedented times” that Pres. Brown’s solution to racial injustice and systemic racism is to rename the university’s mascot. My gosh, he solved it! BU will be a better place!

    Seriously, I am so glad that Pres. Brown wants to focus on performative, symbolic gestures instead of addressing the ongoing pandemic and uncertainity, faculty/staff layoffs, student and faculty calls for solidarity and equality, and criminal tuition fees for remote learning.

    I am being sarcastic. This is not a priority nor should time and resources be allocated to this right now. And, no, we are not capable of doing or thinking about more than issue.

    This is more proof that title and position does not make you a leader.

  26. The logic to do this is just as silly as saying America is a racist country. America is one of the least racist places in the world or else over 2 million black Africans would not have migrated here in the last decade. Just to rename the mascot because it has the same name as the character in a fictional movie made 82 years ago that only a small minority or BU students may have seen and even fewer have read the novel is silly. You can pick almost any name of a major character in a movie and then find some tenuous connection to a marxist interpretation of racism. This is a big SO WHAT and everyone – especially those claiming they are “offended” (sniff sniff – wipe away the crocodile tears) know it.

  27. It’s interesting to me that this story has attracted nearly 70 comments, whereas the BU Today stories about up to 250 employee layoffs/furloughs or about faculty concerns with respect to in-person teaching have attracted fewer than half as many comments. It suggests a somewhat misplaced sense of priorities on the part of those commenting, though obviously comments on an article may not reflect general sentiment on an issue.

    I support the renaming, but would suggest we don’t overthink it or draw it out.

    1. Why don’t they change the dog’s name to “Jesus Christ”, because he was loving and fiercely intelligent and also taught others to be kind and to love one’s neighbor… Oh, but the University won’t do that due to religious context.

      I’m sure changing the name from “Rhett”, after a character from a movie which gave a Black actress an award for her stellar performance – first of her race to receive such an award- I’m sure this name change will end all racism.

  28. Rhett, English Dutch origin meaning advise. So where is the racism? In the minds of the educated folks at BU who apparently forgot what research means. How about the rest of the names that the cast had. I believe Gerald was the owner of the plantation (OMG another racist word plantation) unless of course you look it up and see no such connection. I’m a European socialist but you people are to liberal idiots. Guess that degree didn’t help much huh.

  29. BU committee to consider changing the Boston terrier’s name as racist depictions in Gone with the Wind are criticized. As cities, towns, and states across the country remove statues and flags honoring racist legacies, and institutions take a fresh look at the symbolism behind their mascots, BU is considering whether to rename its sports mascot, named after Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

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