Unbelievably, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves, instead of hunting the vandals down and expelling them, has formed an exploratory task force to study the feasibility of removing the statues! Has the University of Texas lost its collective mind?
Why would you even think of removing the statues, President Fenves? That's letting the bastards win! Has academic integrity at the University of Texas reached the low ebb where history cannot be taught if it offends someone?
UT Law Professor and "Vice President of Diversity" Gregory Vincent, who has been chosen by President Fenves to chair this task force, told the press, “This is a passionate issue. It strikes at the core of what does history mean, and what does it mean today to live in a diverse society.”
News flash for Professor Vincent. "Diversity" means acceptance of all views. It implies inclusiveness, not divisiveness. Diversity is not a license to suppress certain views in the name of tolerance for a gang of bigots. And make no mistake: the effort to rewrite Southern history is motivated by bigotry – bigotry against affluence, bigotry against wealth creation, and bigotry against personal achievement.
But bigotry, no matter how fervent, can never eradicate the achievements of men like Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee and Albert Sidney Johnson – unless we allow it to.
I do agree with Professor Vincent when he says, "This is a passionate issue," but not, I suspect, in the same way that Professor Vincent meant it. Professor Vincent, who is Black, is conceding to racial pimps like Al Sharpton, who are still inciting Black passions with the outdated and discredited narrative of White supremacy.
But this issue – the University of Texas threatening to suppress the history of the United States and of Texas – should arouse the passions of every Texan. Universities have a responsibility to preserve the truth, and they must nurture a deeply held aversion to suppressing the truth. And as Texans, we have a right to expect our University to lead the nation – and the world – in exemplifying that precept.
If the university of Texas has morphed into the Texas branch of George Orwell's "Ministry of Truth," we as Texans must feel passionately compelled to make some changes at the University of Texas!
I further agree with Professor Vincent when he says this issue "strikes at the core of what history means." History is the record of the past, and it must be preserved if we wish to preserve independent thinking and our right to independent activity. As my Daddy used to say, "Everything we know has already happened." To distort that knowledge is to distort our understanding of the universe – and our understanding of ourselves.
Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederate States of America, Robert E. Lee was General of the Army of Northern Virginia, and Albert Sidney Johnson was General of the Republic of Texas Army and served as Secretary of War under Republic of Texas President Mirabeau Lamar. These are historical facts. They cannot be erased with red spray paint. Nor should we allow them to be.