Credit: Eric Gay/AP
Pity Jefferson Davis, if you will. Vandals have deface his statue on the University of Texas campus, most recently with the words “Davis must fall” and “Emancipate UT.” Student leaders are also seeking to remove from the Austin campus the century-old statue that recognizes the president of the Confederacy.
“We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and some would find it offensive,” said senior Jamie Nalley, who joined an overwhelming majority of the Student Government in adopting a resolution in March supporting his ouster.
But as students take aim at Davis, the number of sites in Texas on public and private land that honor the Confederacy is growing — despite the opposition of the NAACP and others. Supporters cite their right to memorialize Confederate veterans and their role in Texas history, while opponents argue the memorials are too often insensitive or antagonistic, while having the backing of public institutions like UT.
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