Yes, history is nuanced. But being an influential historical figure does not automatically grant you a position of honor. There’s plenty of room for “remembering” in museums and textbooks that offer context, not glorification.
In light of calls for the removal of the statue of Robert E Lee from Duke Chapel and the vandalism that occurred on the 16th, I’ve compiled a list of alternatives to the “___ of the South” statue series that adorns the chapel entrance.
It's unfortunate that your first public test as president of our University relates to the disposition of a seemingly silent stone artifact that is part of the magnificent cathedral that sits at the heart of our campus. But the statue of Robert E. Lee is not silent.
As Vice President for Student Affairs, I’m proud to work with many people who serve students in various ways. Our work covers health care needs, support for student programming, and response to a broad array of incidents and crisis.
Every day as I pass the new Student Health Center, I stare at the beautiful Steinway and Sons grand piano in the atrium that costs at least $60,000. I see posters for making your own personal Aromatherapy. I walk through the stunning, yet over-the-top, West Union dining hall.