“Professional Activist” Behind Washington-Lee University Decision to Remove Confederate Falgs

On July 8th the Washington Post reported on a decision made by Washington-Lee University to remove Confederate flags from the ROBERT E. LEE MEMORIAL located in LEE CHAPEL. According to the Post: “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 and its having profited from the possession and sale of slaves. The Confederate banners — battle flags that Lee’s army flew as it fought Union forces — have adorned the campus chapel that bears Lee’s name since 1930, and university officials said they were a nod to history and not a message intended to offend anyone. Others, however, see the flags as hate symbols representative of slavery, racism and grievous times in the nation’s history. The very first thing that I thought of when I read this story was “a name change can’t be far behind this move”.  The second thing I thought of upon reading this story was the fact that the perpetually offended have made it a priority to let the world know just how “offensive” and “hurtful” anything even remotely connected to the Confederacy is. These two thoughts brought a question to mind. Why would anyone who finds the Confederacy, its leaders or its symbols offensive want to enroll in a college that celebrates these things? Luckily Connie Chastain who publishes the “Backsass” blog has answered my question.  Writes Connie: hicks“Students don’t have to sit in the same room as the flags anymore. I feel like we made a tremendous difference.” Brandon Hicks, “Committee” member Students didn’t have to sit in the same room as the flags before, brilliant law student. In fact, couldn’t sit in the same room as the flags… There is no place to sit — no chairs, benches, stools, anything, in the alcove where the flags were. 

“Sitting ‘in the room’ of the Chapel – one cannot see any flags, you racist bigot. In fact, there isn’t even any chairs in the room where ‘Recumbent Lee’ resides” Billy Bearden, Georgia & Virginia Flagger

Mr. Brandon Hicks is quite the activist, having been a speaker at “Race for the Ballot,” a forum against the homosexual marriage ban.  Reports Pam’s House Blend, “One of the kickoff sites is North Carolina Central University’s Student Union and Law School, which hosted a forum moderated by student leader of NCCU’s LGBT group COLORS, Brandon Hicks…

Ms. Chastain then asks a very pertinent question:

Hmmm…. If Mr. Hicks was a law student at NCCU, why did he switch to W&L? I’m not saying I think he deliberately switched schools just to engage in spite-activism against Lee and the flags … but then again, I’m not saying I don’t think that.

Read all of Ms. Chastain’s article in its entirety by clicking on this link– Editor



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