Corey Menafee will return to his job next Monday [July 25] after breaking a window symbolizing slavery inside Yale University’s Calhoun College. Yale released a statement Tuesday and said they are giving him “a second chance” and allowing his to return to┬áa position in a “different setting.”
“Mr. Menefee is delighted to accept Yale’s offer” to return,┬ásaid his attorney, Patricia Kane.
Menafee had worked at Yale for eight years, resigning┬áin June after he broke a window at the Calhoun College residential hall that depicted┬átwo slaves carrying baskets of cotton. Following the incident and his arrest, Menafee┬áfaced┬áa┬áfirst-degree felony charge of criminal mischief and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.
The Yale community┬árallied behind Menafee, with students┬áprotesting outside of the courthouse and┬ástarting a┬ápetition┬áurging┬áYale to re-hire┬áMenafee┬áand re-name Calhoun College, which is named named after prominent slavery supporter John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina senator and U.S. vice president. A┬áColumbia University student even created┬áa┬áGoFundMe┬áaccount to help him┬áand his family during his unemployment.
Menafee┬áwill be taking a dish washing job at another college dining hall and is due back in court next Tuesday. Yale University has said it would ask for┬áthe charges to be dropped.
Yale Re-Hires Black Employee Who Destroyed Window Depicting Slavery : The Source