Texas A&M Kellen Mond on controversial statue removal – “I need to see the action”

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Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond, who argued for the removal of a statue of former Texas A&M president Lawrence Sullivan Ross, stepped up his campaign on Tuesday, saying, “I need to see some action. “The statue, known as “the Sully”, was built in 1919 in honor of Ross, who served as the Aggies “president from 1891 to 1898 and is credited with university economics amid financial hardship and boosting its registration. The statue stands prominently in the center of the campus in College Station, Texas.

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.

“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.

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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.



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