If, as the board posited in their announcement, the name Lee does not define the University, despite all cultural and outside inclination to read this as the case, what does the University stand for. What is its vision, its promise, its brand pillars if you will.
They have yet to articulate anything, aside from “not Robert E. Lee” and the baggage inevitably associated thereof. As you can imagine, our position is that if the University doesn’t provide some guideance on this, the market will continue to speak and the worst lots of our society will continue to attach themselves to what still remains as the largest Confederate memorial in the United States.
As we have shown, the market has been speaking and will continue to speak. And what it says isn’t pretty without some counter-narrative that has yet to be detailed. We must hold them their feet to the fire on this, or our initial, most gloomy predications will come to pass much more quickly than they even know.