It was announced yesterday that the Reitz student residence on the campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) is to be closed by the end of the semester. A budget of “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked. Indeed. Changing the name of the building and putting it to politically correct use cannot undo what was done within its walls. Even so, the racism on ugly display at Reitz did not reside in the bricks and mortar of the building, but in the hearts and minds of those who made the video. And that these students thought the video a fun idea indicates that, probably, the atmosphere at UFS was conducive to it. In other words, it’s likely that the whole of UFS was stuck in a racist time warp, and that Reitz was simply the most blatant example of that prevailing mindset.