Stanford to Remove the Name of a Catholic Saint due to Colonialism

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Stanford University will rename buildings and other parts of its campus and remove the name “Juniperro Serra” from them, due to the controversy that despite being a founder of the California mission system and a Catholic saint, he allegedly forcibly converted Native Americans to Christianity and beat them to cleanse them from sin. However, critics do not acknowledge he also punished himself as a part of the cleansing-from-sin process and was not as repressive as Spanish colonial soldiers and administrators.