A group of multiracial students calling themselves The Committee wants Washington and Lee University (W&L) to free “students of color… from the psychological shackles that currently exist.”
On April 17th Breitbart News reported The Committee was demanding W&L “acknowledge” General Robert E. Lee’s “dishonorable side,” apologize for the university’s “participating in chattel slavery,” end neo-Confederate marches across campus on Lee-Jackson Day, and recognize “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus.”
The students say they will “engage in civil disobedience” if the demands are not met by September 1.
According to The Huffington Post, The Committee claims “immediate” action on these demands can produce “a long-term, continued commitment to improving the state of racial justice and honor on campus.” They believe “the student body is eager to learn about, work toward and directly confront both the past and current bigotry and racial discrimination found on [the W&L] campus.”
In turn, they believe this will free “students of color… from the psychological shackles that currently exist.”
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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