Now Rutgers is actually the State University of New Jersey, but is usually just known as Rutgers University. It is the state's largest school of higher education and it is a major research university and an old one, dating back to its early days as Queens College. Recently, Rutgers hired a new university President, a man names James Holloway. Holloway has and excellent educational pedigree including service as Dean at Yale University, but h had to field a question about the university he now leads which, in today's times, usually requires a very politically correct answer. You see, Holloway is a black American and Rutgers got its name from a man who was a slave owner and he was asked if he would plan to try and change the name of the school that had carried the name Rutgers for generations. His answer was no.
Most of you probably know that Yale also carries the name of a slave owner and perhaps that entered into Holloway's view. But what is so refreshing is what Holloway said about it when questioned further. I think it is brilliant and it gets right to the heart of the stupidity of Americans today for trying to place our standards of places in earlier times facing different conditions.
Holloway basically said that if he went around worrying about all the names he had seen, he'd never get out of bed in the morning, or words to that effect. What a great comment and insight and how appropriate for us today. We focus on little things that get blown out of context under our perceived ideas while the big things continue to blow up in our faces and never get fixed. And it all goes to show that if you accept a crap sandwich in life, that is all that you will ever get. Blessings to you all this morning. Hail to Rutgers, at least for this day.