“you are holding onto a history that denigrated, enslaved, and committed an entire genocide of a lot of our ancestors”
These students do have another alternative. They could just go to a school that has a name they like.
The College Fix reports:
Washington and Lee U. students stage walkout to demand school name change
Approximately 400 students at Washington and Lee University walked out of classes last Tuesday to demand the school change its name.
Specifically, students want Robert E. Lee’s name to be dropped from the school moniker. Lee was a Confederate general during the Civil War, leading the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, he served as the school’s president from 1865 to 1870. (W&L was known as Washington College at the time, not to be confused with this institution.)
According to WMRA, students wore t-shirts and masks which read “Change the Name,” and carried placards stating same.
W&L junior Enuma Anekwe said that by keeping Lee’s name, the university was “alienating” black students and making them “unsafe.”
“But most of all,” Anekwe told those assembled, “you are holding onto a history that denigrated, enslaved, and committed an entire genocide of a lot of our ancestors.”
Anekwe said W&L faculty “are generally supportive” of changing the name of the school. One of them, Journalism Professor Toni Locy, penned an op-ed in The Nation last year in which she complained the school’s Lee Chapel “reeks of the cruelty of slavery, of elitism and racism.” She said “until it frees itself of Lee, the university will never achieve its stated goals of diversity and inclusion.”
Last year, almost two-thirds of W&L faculty indicated they wanted Lee’s name removed from the school. Black faculty at the law school said they wanted George Washington’s name gone, too.
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