TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY TEARS DOWN CONFEDERATE MONUMENT

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Texas State University has torn down a monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis saying that

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“It was offensive and insulting to a substantial portion of our student body”.

From The Texas Observer:

Texas State spokesman Jayme Blaschke told the Observer that although the monument sat on campus property, it technically never belonged to the university. The United Daughters of the Confederacy installed the roadside marker almost 90 years ago on federal land, as part of the proposed transcontinental Jefferson Davis Highway. The university later acquired the land, but the Texas Department of Transportation maintained the right-of-way where the marker was situated.

For that reason, Blaschke said that an official announcement was unnecessary.

“It is not an appropriate monument for a modern Texas university,” Blaschke said.

Kathy Hillman, Texas division president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, said she appreciated Texas State’s generosity. “The university paid for everything: removing it, cleaning it of graffiti, moving it to Hunter and setting it there,” she said, calling it a “very good” collaboration.

Some Texans see this as a much-needed move away from the past sins of slavery and segregation. Others believe that this type of action is white-washing history which will doom us to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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