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Texas A&M University Statue Covered by Tarp After Protests

In the wake of mass protests across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, Texas colleges are facing some opposition to their school symbols. Most recently, Texas A&M University’s statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross (or “Sully,” as it has come to be known) was the target of red graffiti and a rainbow wig.

Texas A&M University’s Academic Plaza has been home to the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross for decades. A former governor of the Lone Star State and president of the university, Ross was credited with saving the school in its fledgling years. His statue has become the symbol of a double-edged sword of sorts. For years, Texas high school students have toured campus, learning about “Sully” and his contributions to higher learning. Texas A&M students have long placed pennies at the foot of the statue wishing for good luck during their exams. However, prior to his term at the university, Ross was a Confederate general. Now due to protests, the statue of Lawrence Ross has been covered by a tarp.

Texas A&M University Statue Covered by Tarp After Protests

Photo: @clarissaclicks via Twenty20

Texas A&M isn’t alone in its efforts to marry its history with its present inclusion and diversity commitments. The University of Texas at Austin and its counterparts throughout the Lone Star State have released statements reproving of discrimination. In the meantime, students at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth have launched protests to remove the statues of the founding members of the school, who served as Confederates in the Civil War. Likewise, the University of North Texas student body celebrated as officials of Denton County voted to have the statue of a Confederate removed from outside their county courthouse. This isn’t a new concept that has only come to light with the current social outcry. In 2015, due to protest, UT Austin removed a statue of the former President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis. In 2017, they followed through with the removal of the statues of Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee, and John Reagan, all Confederate figures. Not only that, but the successful African-American faculty and student recruitment and retention percentages remain low.

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  1. Just because they fought for the Confederacy doesn’t mean they were for slavery. Learn your history people. A&M, keep the statue. It’s an important part of the school’s history and what he did before helping the school shouldn’t matter.

  2. The fact that these Texas Schools are removing what is “History” is unbelievable. History is suppose to teach lessons. History is how we got here today. You cannot erase it. Why are we continuing to show fear and give reward for criminal behavior? It looks to me that people do not know their history! Because the North was no more righteous about slavery than the South. I guess we do not teach these kids that Lincoln had Slaves! Kinda Goes along with these “Millennial’s” and “Gen Z’s” not knowing the pledge! I guess we will make future kids even more ignorant.
    We should be teaching lessons about our history! Not attempting to erase it!

  3. If they do not agree with the schools history, then go to another school. Otherwise be proud of the gusty, learn from it and make the future better in a human way.

  4. So why are people getting angry and saying so with emojis? This is a period of reckoning, whether you like it or not. This has been a thorn for some time. It’s time for all ppl to see what’s in their heart and soul.

    • You all realize the first thing done in all countries that have been taken over by socilosm/marxism/communism is to remove all historical statues from the public view right? Wake up America! This cancel culture crap is being run by Marxist just as BLM is run by marxists. It has never been about race they want to ruin America and turn it into a Marxist country.

  5. this is crazy, two can play that game. All black statues need taken down to include Martin L. King Jr. If our ancestors aren’t good enough then theirs ain’t either. Take them ALL Down.

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