Karl Marx is a household name in the history books, but he is no longer mentioned in a University of Florida study hall.
Marx was one of more than a dozen historical individuals whose name was engraved on various study halls at the university. But after Campus reform reported on March 7 that the Marx study hall angered students, the nameplate was completely removed.
The former “Karl Marx Group Study Room 229” accommodates two to 12 students in the library west of the George A. Smathers Libraries. An inscription that once existed under Marx’s nameplate referred to Marx as a “philosopher, radical economist and revolutionary critic” who is widely credited as the founder of scientific socialism.
Marx is probably best known for his work The communist manifestowritten alongside Friedrich Engels in 1848, which discusses social classes and how capitalism would eventually be replaced by socialism.
Campus reform reported that other scholars in literature, politics, philosophy, and science have study halls named after them, including Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Austen , William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Mahatma Gandhi, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Abraham H. Maslow, Albert Camus, Michel Foucault and Margaret Mead.
“Given current events in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world, we have determined that it is appropriate to remove the name of Karl Marx who was placed on a group study hall at the University of Florida in 2014” said University of Florida spokesman Steve Orlando. Newsweek.
He added that the names of the other study rooms were not removed and no new names were added in place of Marx.
The decision to remove Marx’s nameplate after about eight years has drawn mixed reactions, especially on Twitter.
“The University of Florida has decided to change the name of a room in one of the Karl Marx Reading Room libraries, due to the invasion of Ukraine…let us thank you for a moment if that doesn’t immediately make you wonder what kind of “higher education” takes place here”, tweeted a user named @Red_Ranson.
Marx’s upbringing provoked many reactions, as he was born in Trier in present-day Germany.
“The University of Florida just removed the communist manifesto author, Karl Marx, from their library,” tweeted @AdetolaOlutosin. “They claimed the decision was made in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. What did Marx do? He was German and not at all Russian. Do Americans read?
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