"Our history includes parts that are deeply troubling, and we are not proud of them," read the statement, which was posted on the college's website today. "Wesleyan's people were products of a society steeped in racism, classism, and sexism. They did appalling things — like students treating some African Americans who worked on campus like mascots, or deciding to name one of their classes after the hate-espousing Ku Klux Klan, or developing rituals for initiating new students that today remind us of the Klan's terrorism."
The statement comes as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that Ku Klux Klan rituals became a part of student life in the early 20th century and continued for generations. Founded in 1836, Wesleyan is the oldest college chartered for women in the country.