The Miami Herald runs an op-ed by Justin McFarlin, “This Juneteenth, erase Robert E. Lee’s name, but not his history as this nation’s enemy.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education puts the name decision in the context of a larger assault on black academics nationwide.
Not Unmindful’s own Brandon Hasbrouck, an assistant professor of law at the School of Law, writes for Slate. Professor Habrouck opens the article with a brief summation of history, unadulterated and not wrapped in any mythmaking before getting to the main point of the article, as the title summarizes.
In a piece in the Roanoke Times, 2007 alumnus, Mike Rennard reacts to the decision.
In a letter to the editor in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bill Melton, ’74U (and member of Not Unmindful) poses this very question. Lots of good stuff here.
Lee’s name is a barrier to other major objectives the trustees have established: to increase numbers of minority students and members of the faculty, to make admissions to the university “need blind,” and to improve the total atmosphere of the college to emphasize honor, civility, and service.
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