Students Demand Acknowledgement of Robert E. Lee's 'Racist and Dishonorable Conduct'
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee's "dishonorable side."
According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves 'The Committee,'" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day."
The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st.
They added: "The time has come for us, as students, to ask that the university hold itself responsible for its past and present dishonorable conduct and for the racist and dishonorable conduct of Robert E. Lee."
W&L President Kenneth Ruscio said the school takes these concerns "seriously" and "[intends] to address them."
Last fall W&L announced "W&L Promise," a program that pays tuition for students whose families earn less than $75,000 a year. The goal was to "broaden student diversity."
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