Washington and Lee University To Remove Confederate Flags Inside Lee Chapel


The president of Washington and Lee University, Kenneth Ruscio, announced in an email this afternoon that the eight regimental Confederate battle flags on display in Lee Chapel, which rests above the crypt where Robert E. Lee and his family are buried, will be removed. He also issued a public apology for slavery.

Back in April, a group of 12 black law students that call themselves “the Committee” issued a series of demands because they reportedly felt “alienation and discomfort” on a campus where blacks are only 3.5 percent of the student body:

1. We demand that the University fully recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus.

2. We demand that the University stop allowing neo-confederates to march on campus with confederate flags on Lee-Jackson Day.

3. We demand that the University immediately remove all confederate flags from its property and premises, including those flags located within Lee Chapel.

4. We demand that the University issue an official apology for the University’s participation in chattel slavery, including a denunciation of General Robert E. Lee’s participation in slavery.

Predictably, this petulant list of demands received state, local, and national publicity from the media, and President Ruscio created a special committee to study the issue. “The Committee” promised to engage in “civil disobedience” unless their demands to “remove Lee’s legacy” were not met by September 1.

What can we learn from this episode?

1. This isn’t the first time that blacks have been found molesting the graves of Confederate leaders. The Memphis City Council voted to rename three Confederate parks including the resting place of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

2. Rep. Tyrone Brooks of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials orchestrated the removal of the Tom Watson statue on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta and its replacement with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor Deal swore that the removal of the Watson statue was only a public safety issue.

3. The NAACP orchestrated the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House in 2000 and over 1,000 blacks rallied in January in Columbia to have it removed from the State House grounds altogether.

Wherever some aspect of Southern heritage is being assaulted and destroyed, please note the striking correlation with the presence of loud, obnoxious, and aggrieved blacks whining about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. The SCV and other Rainbow Confederates follow these blacks around and suck up to them.

It’s a losing strategy that failed in Memphis, failed twice in Lexington, and will fail again elsewhere.

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  1. I suppose the next thing these jackasses will want in the removal of the remains of Gen. Lee and his family.

  2. Can U make me the PR director on the LS campaign on this one?

    Washington and Lee students getting all bent out of shale that the university honors George Washington and Robert E Lee.

    Do students at Malcolm X college in Chicago get bent out of shale that the college features positive things about Malcolm X?

  3. HW writes:

    Wherever some aspect of Southern heritage is being assaulted and
    destroyed, please note the striking correlation with the presence of
    loud, obnoxious, and aggrieved blacks whining about the legacy of the
    Civil Rights Movement

    I respond:

    More than that and most crucially, there’s a white pander pimp somewhere in the mix. Blacks don’t bitch and whine unless they think it will work. Notice that ever since the 2001 vote on the state flag in Mississippi, the black loudmouths haven’t said word one about the Mississippi state flag. But they keep coming back over and over for South Carolina, precisely because SC gave into them the first time. This is one dog you don’t want to show weakness in front of.

  4. This is what happens when you admit unqualified blacks to formerly prestigious universities. They seek to tear down everything around them and reduce it to their level.

    • It was the Carpetbagger president of the college who made the decision, not the blacks.

  5. Perhaps some lessons can be learned here:
    * Take the offensive: make demands, not requests.
    * Attack symbol of the opposition.
    * Mobilize sympathizers.
    * Use the issue to make a bigger political point.

    Now, think of some targets that Southern Nationalists can attack. Where is the other side vulnerable? And what are creative ways of going after them?

    • Attack their flag as a symbol of empire and Indian genocide (watch the History Channel program 80 acres of Hell and read the book 38 nooses). This will eventually force our people to chose our side over the American side.

      We could also start by finding any Yankee graves here from the Civil War and encourage the locals to stop any upkeep.

      I would also encourage working with clothing companies such as Dixie Outfitters to spread our message.

      • I always try to bring up the fact that the Yankees are the ones who killed of the Indians, not us Southrons.

  6. We should start doing the same – issue demands and engage in disobedience if we don’t get our way. We should educate the Southern people about that American blood-drenched swastika the stars and stripes, then demand its removal so the patriotard segment of our population can’t flee to it when this happens.

  7. Removing the battle flags from Lee’s tomb is an outrage. Screw the weaklings who keep apologizing for absolutely nothing!

    Blacks, hands off of our history. You’re fortunate enough to have access to higher education, created by the combination of Western thought and White scholars.

  8. “White privilege” entitles us to endless anti-White hate, abuse, blackmail, last but not least genocide, with no defense against any of it.
    Best wishes for your successful secession.

  9. LLD, remember, one of the Confederate generals was a Indian, so in a way, it is our fight.

  10. Black slaves get their way because their white masters fear looting and the raping of a million housewives. The miltary would have to be called on to end the resurrection, and stocks on wall street will tumble. It is best to let the slaves burn the Confederate flag and the remains of Robert E Lee. The sanctity of our wives bodies are more important than the honor of the South. .

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