There’s nothing leftists seem to love more than erasing history and revising it to match their own twisted view of the past, all in hopes of removing anything out of the world that might cause someone to get their panties in a bunch. This is why we’ve witnessed the removal of Confederate statues and monuments from public places such as parks, cemeteries, and universities in recent years. Of course, the problem here is that when you erase reminders of the past, you open yourself up to potentially repeating the mistakes of the past.
And, of course, what’s really mind-blowing about progressives engaging in this kind of censorship is that they often go off the deep end and take things way too far. For instance, Washington & Lee University, which was first called Augusta Academy and Liberty Hall Academy before being renamed after our first president and Confederate General Robert E. Lee, has decided that their washing away of American history to protect fragile souls from racism includes removing the plaque that honored Lee’s horse, Traveller.
Here’s a perfect example of why so many are coming to think of liberalism as a mental disorder.
According to the Daily Wire, the plaque was mounted over the spot where Traveller is buried, outside Lee Chapel, a National Historic Landmark. The plaque says, “The last home of Traveller. Through war and peace the faithful, devoted and beloved horse of General Robert Lee. Placed by the Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.”
"and the horse you rode in on." It appears that Washington and Lee University is not only cancelling Lee but even his horse. https://t.co/CyWXu5uhzy Traveler was originally put down for untreatable tetanus but will now be put down again by equally untreatable cancel culture.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 8, 2023
“Traveller was a beloved part of the campus story,” Kamron Spivey, president of Students for Historical Preservation, said in a chat with the College Fix. “People like to hear tales about animals because they do no wrong. That is how Traveller has been immortalized in campus history. He was a faithful horse whose beauty and loyalty Robert E. Lee said would inspire poets. Until this month, very few people seemed bothered by the horse.”
“Due to a misappreciation of Lee’s contributions and positive legacy as an educator, university officials think any reference to the man is detracting from student enrollment. Rather than confront the issue directly, they are trying to secretly hide their history from the world,” Spivey added. “The university should keep the original markers. If the goal is to contextualize a historic site, there is no better place than the original location they were erected.”
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“Augusta Academy was founded in 1749 and moved several times before being renamed Liberty Hall Academy in 1776 as a tribute to the American revolutionaries. By 1796 the school was having financial trouble; U.S. President George Washington donated 100 shares of James River Canal Company stock — a huge donation at the time — which he had received as a gift from the Virginia General Assembly for recognition of his service to Virginia. It still contributes to the university’s operating budget,” the Daily Wire reported.
Here’s more from the report:
The grateful trustees changed the name of the institution to Washington Academy. Washington responded, “To promote Literature in this rising Empire, and to encourage the Arts, have ever been among the warmest wishes of my heart.” In 1813, Washington Academy became Washington College.
Four months after Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, the Washington College board of trustees invited Lee to become president of the college. Over the next five years, Lee “incorporated the local law school; instituted undergraduate courses in business and journalism; introduced modern languages and applied mathematics; and expanded offerings in the natural sciences,” the university’s website states, adding, “Lee also endorsed a lasting tradition of student self-governance, putting the students in charge of the honor system that the faculty had previously overseen.”
After he passed away in 1870, faculty asked for the school to be renamed in honor of Lee, which is how it came to be known as Washington and Lee University.
The board of trustee’s for the institution stated back in 2021, “Our community holds passionate and divergent opinions about our name. The association with our namesakes can be painful to those who continue to experience racism, especially to African Americans, and is seen by some as an impediment to our efforts to attract and support a diverse community. For others, our name is an appropriate recognition of the specific and significant contributions each man made directly to our institution.”
The absurdity of left-wing thinking never ceases to amaze me. What’s really shocking is how progressives are able to simply ignore their inconsistencies or are so inept they don’t notice them. How can someone allow themselves to be so uncritical in their thinking? No wonder our country is in such bad shape. Even the horses are racist now.