“We found no consensus about whether changing the name of our university is consistent with our shared values”
This battle has been raging for a few years. The board made the right decision. For the activists who were pushing for change, it’s all about power.
NBC News reports:
Washington and Lee University won’t strip Confederate leader from name
The board of trustees of Washington and Lee University on Friday voted 22-6 not to remove Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s name from the Virginia school’s moniker. The decision came after months of review and a year of racial justice protests across the nation that questioned the veneration of Confederate figures.
“We found no consensus about whether changing the name of our university is consistent with our shared values,” the university said in a statement. “Nor is there consensus on whether changing the name will position the university to be the most successful it can be in the future.”
The school has changed its name multiple times since its 1749 founding as Augusta Academy. It was named Washington Academy after George Washington made a gift to what was then Liberty Hall Academy that “ensured its survival,” the school said.
In 1870, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name was added “in recognition of his leadership in saving and transforming the school after the devastation of the Civil War,” it said.
“The university today is not a memorial to our namesakes, but a place that provides an exceptional liberal arts and legal education and fosters relationships that bind generations of students, faculty, staff and alumni to each other,” the school said.
Witness the stupidity that the school is dealing with here:
Dismantling structural racism in an institution built to maintain white supremacy will be extremely difficult. How can we trust W&L to achieve the difficult when it can’t do the bare minimum of changing the school name? https://t.co/u6Y9SQopnf
— Gail Deady (she/her) (@Gail_Deady) June 4, 2021
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