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Fox News' Geraldo Rivera Quits Yale Position Over College Name Change

He said the position was an honor but added that "intolerant insistence on political correctness is lame"

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    Fox News' Geraldo Rivera Quits Yale Position Over College Name Change
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    In this file photo, Geraldo Rivera participates in "The Celebrity Apprentice" panel at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

    Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera says he resigned from a voluntary position at Yale University after the school decided to change the name of a residential college that honors a slavery supporter.

    Rivera said Sunday on Twitter that he resigned as an associate fellow of Calhoun College. He said the position was an honor but added that "intolerant insistence on political correctness is lame."

    Calhoun College was named after 19th century alumnus and former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an ardent supporter of slavery. After years of debate, Yale announced Saturday it is renaming the college after trailblazing computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper.

    Yale said in a statement Sunday that it respected Rivera's decision, but said its choice to rename the college was based on principle, not political correctness.

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