It is a sorry state of affairs when, concurrent with one of the most devastating natural disasters to ever face this country and untold suffering and misery yet to come, our students can muster complaints regarding culinary options available to them at a lavish on campus dining facility, and the school’s newspaper finds this newsworthy, devoting front page, above the fold coverage to such a trivial matter.
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.