“unanimously agreed that a portrait of General Lee in uniform displayed in West Point’s Jefferson Hall library and other unspecified monuments dedicated to the Confederacy be removed”
The response to this should be a simple no. This idea of erasing history has gone way too far already.
The College Fix reports:
Congressional commission asks West Point to cancel Robert E. Lee
A Congressional commission wants to see the United States Military Academy at West Point strip the name of former Confederate General Robert E. Lee off buildings and remove his items, along with those of two other Civil War leaders.
The commission unanimously agreed that seven different Department of Defense “assets” dedicated to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, and William Hardee be renamed.
It also unanimously agreed that a portrait of General Lee in uniform displayed in West Point’s Jefferson Hall library and other unspecified monuments dedicated to the Confederacy be removed. Lee served from 1852 to 1855 as superintendent of the United States Military Academy.
Hardee is a former West Point commandant and “literally wrote the book on infantry movements,” according to the report. Beauregard “briefly served as the superintendent of West Point but was fired after five days and he joined the Confederacy,” according to the commission.
Lee Barracks, Lee Housing Area, Lee Area Child Development Center, Lee Road and Lee Gate should all be renamed, according to the commission.
“The Commission unanimously agrees the following paraphernalia should be relocated or removed: the portrait of Robert E. Lee in Confederate uniform with the rank of general indicated on the plaque, currently displayed in Jefferson Hall,” the August 29 report concluded.
It also wants to see a 2001 “Reconciliation Plaza,” meant to honor soldiers who had died in the Civil War, stripped of mentions of Confederates. That includes a bust of General Lee next to Union General Ulysses Grant.
The report denied that removing the names and memorabilia of historical figures amounted to “erasing history.”
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