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Washington and Lee University Reportedly Considering Name Change

Washington and Lee University Reportedly Considering Name Change

“faculty members are working on a petition to change the name in response to the nationwide emphasis on removing public references to the Confederacy in the wake of the death of George Floyd”

If this happens, Yale will come under increasing pressure to do the same.

WSLS News reports:

Washington & Lee University potential name change draws criticism from former president’s descendant

A woman with ties to Washington & Lee University’s founding is not happy about the recent name change proposal.

“I’m very angry,” said Tina Tabor, who feels like history is being destroyed.

She is a descendant of Robert Alexander, who served as president of Augusta Academy, which later became Washington & Lee University.

Currently, W&L faculty members are working on a petition to change the name in response to the nationwide emphasis on removing public references to the Confederacy in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

The “Lee” in the university’s name refers to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.


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Dantzig93101 | June 28, 2020 at 1:45 pm

How about “Margaret Sanger University”? “Lysenko Polytechnic” has a nice ring to it. Or they could just cut to the chase and rename it “Stalin U.”

At what point will university administrators simply tell faculty and students that they do not run the schools? Circulate all the petitions you want, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to change name of the school, take down a statue you don’t like, or fire a professor who said something that made you wet your diaper. If you don’t like it, quit your job or transfer to a different school. Who in the world ceded all this power to pseudo-communist student governments and their faculty enablers anyway?

The Friendly Grizzly | June 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

(H Rap) Brown and Cleaver U.

Morning Sunshine | June 28, 2020 at 6:33 pm

uh, I THOUGHT the “Lee” in that name was Richard Henry Lee, one of the Founding Fathers, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Looks like all those Signers get to hang separately anyway.

    Nope, it’s both Generals.
    Washington was honored because he aided the university early on when it otherwise would have folded. Lee was honored because he took on the presidency of the university for 5-6 years post civil war and arguably saved it from folding during that time.

    But Washing owned slaves.
    And Lee fought for slavery (don’t quibble, he really did, even if he himself didn’t see his decision that way).

    So both must be made Unpersons in our new Orwellian Paradise of Perfection.
    (Only perfect people may apply for citizenship, you see)
    (And failure to support that action is proof of your own unfitness to qualify, comrade)

Barry Soetoro | June 29, 2020 at 1:23 am

Taking the knee before the mob never works, as the mob will just demand more.

MattLauersNob | June 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

You cannot appease the left. They will always demand more.

goddessoftheclassroom | June 30, 2020 at 11:41 am

W&L would not exist were it not for Robert E. Lee.

Many of Lee’s men were willing to fight on, but Lee chose to surrender with honor.

He offered his sword to General Grant, who refused it. It was one of Grant’s finest moments.

Lee accepted the invitation to become Washington College’s president after the war and saved it from bankruptcy. He established both a business school and a journalism school. He had the chapel built but insisted that it not be dedicated to one faith. He instituted the honor code that is still in effect today.

Lee did much to reconcile the South to its surrender, leading by example. Lee was posing for an artist who told him, “I don’t work with Yankees.” Lee replied, “We’re all Americans now.”

People are honored with monuments for the GOOD they do, not BECAUSE of the actions our era now considers faults. People who owned slaves were not memorialized BECAUSE they owned slaves but for some other attribute their community wanted to honor.

Washington and Lee provided my son with an outstanding education. I will be devastated if it surrenders to the mob.