Skip to comments.UT to Explore Fate of Statues that Honor Confederacy
Posted on 12/29/2006 8:22:58 PM PST by BnBlFlag
Houston & Texas News
Dec. 27, 2006, 10:53PM UT to explore fate of statues that honor the Confederacy
AUSTIN University of Texas President William Powers Jr. said he plans to form an advisory committee to study whether something should be done about the numerous campus statues honoring the Confederacy.
The statues have in recent history become a topic of debate among students, professors and administrators.
They include four bronze figures on the South Mall honoring Confederate leaders such as Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, and Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Powers said he plans to appoint a committee of advisers early next year, probably including faculty and students.
"The whole range of options is on the table," Powers said.
"A lot of students, and especially minority students, have raised concerns. And those are understandable and legitimate concerns. On the other hand, the statues have been here for a long time, and that's something we have to take into account as well."
Some critics have proposed removing the Davis and Lee statues and placing them in a museum.
Statuary on the UT campus has grown more diverse over the years, partly as a result of student-led efforts. A student tax raised funds to install a statue of Martin Luther King Jr., the black civil rights leader, in 1999.
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Here's one for the Dixie ping list.
Here we go again... (or maybe still)
Treason offends me.
oh come on....can't we just destroy History and be done with it.....just think....no History to learn from.....no History to learn from one can't think, one can't think one can't learn, vicious, vicious cycle.....
This is a dishonest attempt to revise history, and the PC War is back on again I see.
Hopefully the Alumni will get wind and cut the purse strings.
Well, they can always put them into some dusty cellar
with the statues of Washington and Jefferson.
Just keep scrubbing history and maybe some day we can say it never happened at all. Sounds like something Stalin would do.
"Okay.....we'll put statues of Buckwheat, Aunt Jemimah, and a Lawn Jockey next to those they want to remove, so we have equal representation!"
Seems certain Union elites do not like to be reminded that the State is divisible despite the rhetoric in their so called Pledge of Allegiance -to the Yankee State that is.
The people who have "issues" with the statues aren't fit to shine Robert E. Lee's shoes.
They need to get back in the classroom and put more time into their studies and less into whining.
"People separated from their history are easily persuaded." --Karl Marx
Marx marches on!
Then why do you live in California?
"The people who have 'issues' with the statues aren't fit to shine Robert E. Lee's shoes".
I agree wholeheartedly. It's time to start putting the pressure on these PC Wimps that run UT today.
Someone has to fight to keep Santa Monica and San Francisco in check.
Think of it as Missionary work.
I went to UT and this has been controversial for years. I always walked by those statues. Never gave much thought of them. Never offended me.
I grew up in central Texas and attended UT Austin as an undergraduate. Besides the Confederate leader likenesses, there also stands a W. Wilson, a G. Wasington, striding great his hand on his hilt, an M.L. King, and other fine sculptures. The controversial statues intriqued me and led me investigate the Civil War and to think about our country, just as the other statues did. I say leave them in place. Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers set up, wisdom advises.
bttt for the day shift.
Same here. I took photos of those statues. Most people don't know that Woodrow Wilson was a racist and did not support suffrage. Robert E. Lee on the other hand opposed slavery and even freed his own family slaves. Lee also opposed the Confederency and only sided with them because he was loyal to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Robert Lee was, at best, mildly opposed to slavery. He believed it was a necessary evil, and as late as 1865 he was calling it the best situation for blacks in the South.
Having said that I see no reason why his statue should be taken down. You can find flaws with any and all of the men who's statues grace the campus - except maybe the statue of the Longhorn Band Member.
Everyone has a flaw. It's what makes us human.
Even the unknown Longhorn Band Member?
Okay, with every famous historical figure and leader. The unknown Longhorn Band Member is flawless.
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