As Ball State alumni, we read with great interest the message released by the Ball State University Board of Trustees regarding the startling and disappointing decision to keep John Schnatter’s name on the Center for Entrepreneurship. Most disappointing is the trustees’ choice to defend Schnatter and his racist comments.
Since graduation, we have devoted time and personal efforts towards giving back to Ball State, which taught us important lessons about diversity, inclusion and made us the people we are today.
The trustees’ decision is counter to the basic, Hoosier values of the university and state that we love. In the coming days, we hope the board of trustees comes to embrace those values. Using words of hate is never excusable—no matter the intention or circumstance. Instead of using this unfortunate situation as a learning opportunity for the community and its students, Ball State chose to shame itself, its alumni and its legacy.
Alison Zuidervliet Brown