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Washington and Lee University to remove
Confederate flags following protests

Washington Post, by T. Rees Shapiro

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Posted By:Ribicon, 7/10/2014 4:02:13 PM

Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities. President Kenneth P. Ruscio’s announcement was a surprising move for the small, private liberal arts college in Lexington, which has long celebrated its Southern heritage. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as the university’s president after the Civil War, his crypt is beneath the chapel, and the school has gingerly addressed its ties to the Confederacy

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Shameful capitulation to a small handful of hyphenated (perhaps also affirmative-action) rabble-rousers. What´s next? Change the name of the school? Smash open General Lee´s sarcophagus and hang him in effigy?

Incidentally, Robert E. Lee was opposed to slavery (the person pretending to be the university president fails to point that out) and was pro-union until his home state was invaded and his hand was forced.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 7/10/2014 4:13:00 PM     (No. 9918716)

So... If a small handful of malcontents can get the confederate flag removed, how many normal people will it take to get the confederate flag re-instated?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RedLegLeader68, 7/10/2014 4:14:52 PM     (No. 9918720)

What OP Said!!

Read Lee´s family history.

Knowing nothing else, I can on rather safe footing assuming the protesters are, at a minimum, affirmative-action enrollees who know nothing of our history.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/10/2014 4:26:59 PM     (No. 9918729)

It is sad that the descendants of those who fought in the war of yankee aggression had the Confederate Battle Flag hijacked by the KKK and their ilk. That said, if their is one place that flag should be displayed proudly it is certainly at the grave site of Robert E. Lee.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/10/2014 4:28:19 PM     (No. 9918733)

Well they surrendered today and tomorrow the Leftist come back and demand the name Lee be removed for leading the South. When they surrender on the name change they will come back for Washington for owning slaves. When do we learn their is no end with these malcontents. Draw a line in the sand like Travis did at the Alamo and hold your ground while Houston is getting ready.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dcomd, 7/10/2014 4:36:46 PM     (No. 9918740)

When are we going to have a rational discussion on race?

It was the black man who sold the first black man into slavery and they are STILL doing it in Africa.

Get over yourselves, malcontents.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 7/10/2014 4:40:10 PM     (No. 9918746)

Disgusting. Will write W&L. Might do no good but they need to hear. I hope some wealthy alumni cut them off.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: southron, 7/10/2014 4:46:14 PM     (No. 9918752)

Let´s put this in perspective - 12 students complained - 12 out of an enrollment of over 2,200 - but, as usual administration capitulated! When the president capitulated one of the twelve said it was a good "first step." Did you get that - First Step! No surprise here, additional "demands" will soon follow.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Michaelus, 7/10/2014 5:01:46 PM     (No. 9918774)

Slavery under US Flag: 1776-1865= 89 years
Slavery under Confederate Flag: 1861-1865=4 years




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Reply 9 - Posted by: KingBubo, 7/10/2014 5:06:55 PM     (No. 9918782)

I hate the confederate flag, but the university is named after LEE. Thanks for the info on Lee.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: HPmatt, 7/10/2014 5:12:26 PM     (No. 9918787)

This article looks like the WaPo is taking liberties in describing the real situation.

I don´t think WnL ever owned slaves.

Since Lee was left destitute after the Civil War - the Yankees had turned his wive´s Arlington plantation into what is now Arlington National Cemetery - and didn´t pay his family under the Constitution´s 4A takings clause till after Lee was long dead - I don´t think Lee left WnL any ´profits from slaves´ in his estate.

WnL undergraduates still adhere to Lee´s honor code of - a Gentlemen will not lie, cheat or steal. In my limited experience with a few of the WnL law students, being lawyers-in-training I don´t think they are held to adhere to such an antiquarian code of conduct.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: HPmatt, 7/10/2014 5:20:05 PM     (No. 9918795)

Here´s President Ruscio´s actual letter outlining what is being done - contrast this to see the bias in the WaPo article

http://www.wlu.edu/presidents-office/messages-to-the-community/president-ruscios-july-8-2014-message

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/10/2014 6:35:02 PM     (No. 9918908)

No one is forcing those students to attend W and L. Perhaps they would be more comfortable at Howard U. Remember, that was where the students cheered OJ´s acquittal.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/10/2014 6:40:59 PM     (No. 9918919)

I love the Confederate flag for reasons many would not even understand and having nothing to do with race.



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Reply 14 - Posted by: mamafrog, 7/10/2014 6:58:42 PM     (No. 9918947)

Thankyou #11 for the link to the President´s Letter

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Muncssister, 7/10/2014 8:45:13 PM     (No. 9919056)

Correct #14, it has nothing to do with race but I certainly don´t expect anyone born north of the line to understand that. We are more divided now than ever before and I´m sure both Lee and Grant are spinning in their graves over what has become of this country. I am totally disgusted with W&L. Their level of disrespect for American history is outrageous.

And Lee didn´t own slaves.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: wendybird, 7/10/2014 10:30:11 PM     (No. 9919193)

Drive by W+L and you come to Virginia Military Institute. V.M.I. My son graduated some years back, and will be employed for his lifetime as a result. Takes a lot of stones to graduate, in contrast to W+Lee, where you need only to pay the tuition.
Screw the morons who condemn history. The world is progressing, we see, as they continue to complain and whine about the past.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/11/2014 12:17:58 AM     (No. 9919295)

This ticks me off to no end. That flag is part of history, my history.

It´s ok to have the Black Law Students Association. What do you suppose would happen if students started the White Law Students Assoc. ? Hypocrites.

How long before they change the name of every college in the south ? How long before they finish rewriting history ?

Frankly Scarlet, I am ashamed that southerners no longer have the will to fight tyrants. Time to support Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

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