It is unlikely that the general public will hear much more regarding the list of demands made by a small group of black law students at W&L University about their school’s connection to the history of slavery and the Confederate memory. My hope is that the administration and student body will arrive at a resolution that benefits the entire school community and the surrounding community as well. Continue reading “What Should Washington and Lee University Do?”
Following in the footsteps of a few of my fellow bloggers with a short post on items from the past week that for one reason or another didn’t warrant a full post.
- Caroline Janney’s, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation, won the Museum of the Confederacy’s 2013 Jefferson Davis Award. You can check out my VMHB review here, but needless to say the honor is well deserved. Congrats, Carrie! Also nice to see that Liz Varon’s, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War, was given an Honorable Mention.
- Three students were expelled from San Jose State University for harassing an African-American student. That harassment included the hanging of a Confederate flag in the dormitory.
- A Wisconsin Democrat thought it was a good idea to dress up as a Confederate soldier and accuse state Republicans of racism. Thankfully he decided not to proceed with handing out KKK hoods.
The group of students known as “The Committee” which recently published a list of demands regarding the place of Confederate flags and Confederate heritage generally on campus has met with school administrators. While I shared some thoughts about the scope of their demands I believe these students have every right to express their concerns about the state of their school.
According to the members of “The Committee” both the chapel’s Confederate flags and its use by “neo-confederates” have contributed to “both the past and current racial bigotry and discrimination found on our campus.” I don’t for a minute deny that these students perceive the chapel as contributing to the school’s racial climate, but that shouldn’t prevent us from taking a quick look at how the chapel has been utilized. What follows is not meant in any way as an exhaustive list of the range of speakers and subjects that have been discussed in the Lee Chapel, but as a small sample. Continue reading “Does W&L’s Lee Chapel Contribute To the “Psychological Shackles” on Campus?”