GannonFan wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:53 am
You know, I literally had no idea that Clemson was associated with John C Calhoun (the campus is built on land of his former plantation and Clemson is the name of Calhoun's son-in-law). And as the article says, this isn't even ancient stuff - the Honors College at Clemson was named after Calhoun back in 1981. As has been said before, Calhoun is basically the high priest of the Confederacy. Probably a good time to finally rid the state of things named after him. Heck, one of the only good things Andrew Jackson did was threaten to kill Calhoun. I'm almost willing to look past all the bad things Jackson did with that in mind.
https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2020/0 ... -c-calhoun
I just read this article...kinda in the same vein.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... es/612832/
As I have watched Confederate monuments being removed by state and local governments, and sometimes by the forceful will of the American people, the fact that 10 U.S. Army installations are named for Confederate officers has weighed on me.
These bases are, after all, federal installations, home to soldiers who swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The irony of training at bases named for those who took up arms against the United States, and for the right to enslave others, is inescapable to anyone paying attention.
Calhoun is venerated. Calhoun Street in Charleston was originally Boundary Street - renamed during the Civil War. His statue will come down in the next 5 years - count on it.
There has been some progress made
https://www.live5news.com/2020/05/31/fo ... ng-events/
The man who formed and led the now-defunct South Carolina Secessionist Party called for the end of Confederate flag demonstrations in an apology he released Sunday.
James Bessenger said he started the party in 2015, which he called a Confederate Heritage activism organization, in what he interpreted as "an unjust assault on the history and integrity of those who came before us in our city and our state."
"I eventually learned, however, that those in the Confederate Heritage Community who genuinely wish to preserve the cultural, historical, and academic value of the Confederacy are greatly and irreversibly outnumbered by those who have far less honorable motives," Bessenger wrote in the statement.
But he said the Confederate flag displays have "undeniably brought more harm to our community that good, I eventually learned, however, that those in the Confederate Heritage Community who genuinely wish to preserve the cultural, historical, and academic value of the Confederacy are greatly and irreversibly outnumbered by those who have far less honorable motives."
He called on the ending of "Flagging of the Charleston Battery" and said he wanted to personally apologize for the impact the party, which was disbanded in 2019, has had on the state.