For all you parents who are currently writing fall tuition checks, this one’s for you! Talk about a jaw dropper!
Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will be removing an inscription containing the word “Confederate” from a dormitory and will pay more than a million dollars to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Tennessee in return.
The private university accepted Confederate Memorial Hall from the group in 1933 along with a $50,000 gift. Since 2002, the school referred to the dorm simply as “Memorial Hall,” because any attempt to change the actual engraving was blocked in court.
The Tennessee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said Tuesday that it had no legal choice but to accept $1.2 million from Vanderbilt University in exchange for relinquishing the naming rights to the private school’s Confederate Memorial Hall.
The Southern heritage organization “is disappointed that an institution such as Vanderbilt University would attempt to whitewash, sanitize and rewrite American history,” the group said in a statement.
The organization’s attorney, Doug Jones, said that a successful 2003 lawsuit to block the dorm’s renaming resulted in a ruling that Vanderbilt couldn’t change the name of the residence hall without paying back a 1933 donation of $50,000, adjusted for inflation and interest.
Once Vanderbilt decided to pay, Jones said the group had “no legal option or alternative” than to accept the money.
Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos announced Monday that the inscription needed to be removed because it “spoke to a past of racial segregation, slavery and the terrible conflict over the unrealized high ideals of our nation and our university.”
So let me get this straight…because an organization, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, donated money over 83 years ago for a college named “Peabody College for Teachers” to help fund a dorm in 1935, that helped descendants of Confederate soldiers, THAT is a problem TODAY? THAT is called history. Basically — the Vanderbilt University is PAYING $1.2 MILLION based on an equal gift made 83 years ago, to have HISTORY removed. THAT folks is INSANITY!
What are we going to do for an encore? Have ALL of the Confederate symbols removed in the ENTIRE state? What is wrong with you people?!!! History is history and should remain as such! Are you going to remove the Civil War from ALL books too? Are students NOT going to be allowed to mention the word “Confederate”? How about the word “slaves”? It’s ALL part of our American History….or maybe Vanderbilt’s not teaching THAT class any more!…Get a grip!
So all you wonderful parents writing fall tuition checks for your kids, I hope you are not contributing to or supporting the cause with your check of $65,000 a year to Vanderbilt University. I’d take my money and young adult and go elsewhere!
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