Nearly 24,000 people signed a petition for the statue of suppression, and about 25,000 signed one to keep it. There were demonstrations on both sides of the weekend.
Mond, a top from San Antonio, released a statement Tuesday saying that Sullivan’s arguments for contributions to A&M should not trump his past, citing several historical examples.
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“The values of Texas A&M University do not harmonize with RACISM, VIOLENCE, SLAVERY and SEGREGATION, but Jimbo Fisher most prominent saying always stay with me:” Your ACTIONS speak so loud that I can not not hear what you say, “Mond wrote. “The Lawrence Sullivan Ross Statue must be removed. Texas A&M University, I NEED to see ACTION. ”
Several current and former players, including Johnny Manziel, tweeted Mond’s support.
“Proud of you my g. Continue to be the leader you have always been destined to be #AllLove #GigEm, ”Manziel wrote.
Ross complicated past, has been highlighted in recent years as monuments of figures with ties to Confederation or racist politics have been examined. Before arriving at A&M, Ross was celebrated as an “Indian fighter” on the Texas border and a brigadier-general in the Confederate army.
Ross advocates say his actions as governor – cited by Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp and president Michael K. Young – show that he was a defender of black Texans. He is credited with obtaining funding for Prairie View A&M, a historically black university, and he assumed educational and mental health services for blacks, Texans while he was governor.
“Lawrence Sullivan Ross is going to have his statue at Texas A&M forever, not because of stubbornness, but because he deserves honor with a lifetime of service to ALL TEXANS and ALL AGGIES, Sharp wrote In Battalion, A&M of the student newspaper, in 2018.
The Youth on Monday issued a statement saying it would “invite discussion into action with a diverse group of leaders and voices, to meet regularly with management and myself. ”
Youth also said that the university plans to build a statue honoring Matthew Gaines, a former slave who, in 1869, became the first black senator in the state of Texas and helped pass a legislation that led to the creation of Texas A&M. Young at the office donated $ 100,000 to the monument, and Sharp recently announced $ 100,000 in donations for the project, for which he has already pledged $ 25,000.
Sul Ross State University, with its main campus in Alpine, Texas, is also named after Lawrence Sullivan Ross.