The quarterback of the Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond has tweeted Tuesday night to support the removal of a statue of former president Lawrence Sullivan Ross. The statue is known under the name of “Sully” and is present on the campus since 1919.
“Let’s NOT FORGET SULLY,” Mond has légendé his statement.
Ross, president of Texas A&M from 1891 to 1898, was a brigadier general in the confederate army and was facing allegations of ill-treatment of Blacks, and native to Texas.
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The declaration of Mond reminded its readers these specific cases, and noted that its role in the construction of the university does not excuse this.
“It is like saying that someone who murders half a family, but that gives the other half of the family millions of dollars and resources to succeed for the rest of their life, should be forgiven by the family,” wrote Mond about people who forgive. Ross based on his role as a university. “On the basis of your ideology, not only should you forgive a murderer, but you must also glorify the murderer. “
Mond has also quoted the Statement of the terms of Confederation, which read, in part: “The race of african … (was) rightfully held and regarded as an inferior race, and dependent “.
Many Aggies, current and former, have echoed the sense of Mond, including linebacker Anthony Hines and former quarterback, Johnny Manziel.
Zach Calzada, a quarterback who has supported Mond as a freshman last season, tweeted: “the Whole team has helped you” in response.
Mond concluded his statement by saying: “The values of the Texas A&M University do not correspond to RACISM, VIOLENCE, SLAVERY, AND SEGREGATION, but (head coach) the statement the more for Jimbo Fisher will remain with me always: ‘Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. The statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross must be removed. Texas A&M University, I need to see the action. ”
On Monday, the president of Texas A&M, Michael Young, has issued a statement which dealt with the fight against racism at the university. Among its proposals was one to erect a statue in honor of Matthew Gaines, the first senator black of Washington county, which is just south of College Station.