When George H.W. Bush, our 41st President, died late last year the media hailed him as the last civil president. Apparently, the media’s warm feelings have not been inculcated by the students at a traditionally black college in Virginia who are agitating to have a statue of the president removed from campus.
A life-sized statue of President George H.W. Bush sits on the campus of Hampton University in the Newport News/Norfolk area of Virginia just south of Washington D.C. and some students are not happy about it.
The statue of Bush was recently placed on the campus with the passing of the president. His monument joins several others already erected including, university President Dr. William Harvey, ex-President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, and others.
According to the school, Bush was honored for increasing federal funding and student recruitment for part-time and summer federal positions at historically black colleges, as well as founding the United Negro College Fund chapter at Yale University during his own college days.
But these plaudits don’t sit well with some of the extremist, left-wing students who are upset at the addition of the Bush statue.
According to ABC 13-TV:
Some students, like Kyra Robinson, are questioning some other statues like one of President George H.W. Bush.
“I just feel like a lot of his policies did harm to black people,” said Robinson. “I just feel like as an HBCU we should definitely be uplifting more black figures than putting like William Taft and George H.W. Bush on our campus.”
Robinson said she was also concerned about how the figures represented in Legacy Park were chosen and what funds were used to pay for the statues.
“How did we pick the people? How did this go about with planning? Who was voting to pick these people? I just thought ok we can have a statue of Harvey he’s been here for a longtime and he’s done a lot of the campus but why are we putting all these people right here,” said Robinson “If they are going to put money towards these kinds of things like Legacy Park they should definitely think about putting money first towards facilities like MLK.”
So far, anyway, the school is ignoring the whiners.
College administrators put out the following statement:
Legacy Park pays tribute to 13 iconic individuals who have supported Hampton University’s mission of providing high-quality academics and the development of character in all who are and have been associated with this great institution. This is a noteworthy group of men and women, Black, White, and Native American, who hail from all walks of life — Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, William Howard Taft, Mary Jackson, Barack Hussein Obama, Susan B. La Flesche, Mary Peake, George H.W. Bush, Jerome Holland, Reuben Burrell, Frederick Douglas, Dr. William R. Harvey and General Samuel Chapman Armstrong. The privately funded park, commissioned by Hampton University’s Board of Trustees, recognizes the significant support from all who are represented and it will be visited and enjoyed for generations.
We’ll see if protests grow.
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