Yale offers to rehire man who broke window depicting slaves

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Credit: New Haven Independent

NEW HAVEN — Yale University says it is willing to rehire a former dining services worker who smashed a stained-glass window depicting slaves.

University spokeswoman Karen Peart said Tuesday that Corey Menafee would be allowed to return to work next week if he accepts the offer.

Menafee says he destroyed the window inside Calhoun College last month because he found it offensive. The name of the residential college has sparked protests because it honors former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an 1804 Yale graduate and an ardent defender of slavery.

Menafee, who is black, resigned and apologized. Menafee’s attorney, Patricia Kane, says the terms of an agreement that would return him to Yale are still being discussed.

Peart says Yale is extending the offer because of “the unique circumstances of this matter.”