By HOWARD LOWE
President Fenves – I am offended by your decision to remove and relocate the three statues to the Briscoe Center. There to be available for scholarly study HOGWASH! The James Hogg statue is to be moved to another location on campus. Where behind a hedge? Unbelievable! What is going to be studied at the Briscoe Center – the artistic ability of the sculptor? You will be receiving a letter with far more details. If you were trying to determine if the statues were going to be removed why did not you ask for a vote by the Alumni. After all, the Gallup poll determined 63% of Americans are opposed to removing or relocating these works of art that tell American history. I am opposed to removing or relocating any of these works including the statue of Barbara Jordan. Some nutty white supremacists might be upset by it. You cannot erase history. Those who are offended by the statues never made any comment –positive or negative – why suddenly are they offensive. If you truly believe this is a democracy, then ask for an alumni vote to solve the statue controversy. Lastly, I am not a NUTTY white supremacist, nor am I a Left wing idiot. I hope my fellow alums are disgusted by this action as I am.
Howard R. Lowe, Life Member
BS Geology – 1948
NROTC graduate – Feb. 1944
A Historical Perspective
By Howard Lowe
A statue that will likely be removed is in Dallas, Texas. Activists believe it’s a “sign of enduring legacy of white supremacy in the South and across America,” according to a local television network.
Pastor Michael Waters says strength is needed from city leaders to tear down monuments named after Confederate soldiers.
“I would implore our mayor to join the voices of leaders throughout the nation to call for the immediate removal of these Confederate monuments,” Waters said.
There are Confederate statues throughout Dallas that were erected well after the Civil War. For many, the statues are a symbol of racism.
However, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, author of the New Deal, is a secular Saint for liberals. But he attended the dedication of this same statue in Dallas back in 1936, and he said something extraordinary about Lee. WOW!:
I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee.
All over the United States, we recognize him as a great leader of men, as a great general. But, also, all over the United States I believe that we recognize him as something much more important than that. We recognize Robert E. Lee as one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen.
Could you imagine what would happen if a liberal – or even President Trump – said that? After all, Lee thought slavery was a great evil and he worked to reunite America after the Civil War. While his judgment in fighting against the United States government was misguided, and the evils of slavery should never be understated, history is always more complicated than people may think.
For example, did you know why his name is on Arlington Cemetery?
An aside, do you know why Arlington National Cemetery bears that name? Because the Union forces confiscated Lee’s ancestral home, Arlington, and turned the grounds into a cemetery to keep the general from ever returning. Maybe we should rename that cemetery, while we are about it.
Lee’s stamp on history cannot be erased. And if we are to learn from history, nothing is solved by destroying statues. A liberal hero – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – was a huge admirer of Lee’s. Maybe that should give today’s unthinking, angry leftists pause.