Washington and Lee U. Students Demand Removal of Washington and Lee Photos from Diplomas

Woke crusades against Founding Fathers and our nation’s history continue — to the degree that students are now rebelling against the historic people who are included in their college’s names and charters. The most recent outrage comes students who want to attend college, gain from their experiences and graduate with a diploma — provided that diploma does not include the actual historic images the school is named for.

Washington and Lee University, in Lexington Virginia, was founded and named for real people – George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Despite this, students attending the college (who applied to the school – they are not compelled to attend or forced to be there) now want photos of these people removed from their diplomas.

According to College Reform, the petition reads:

“We, the undersigned, call on the administration of Washington and Lee University and President William Dudley to provide students with the option of removing the portraits of namesakes Robert E. Lee and George Washington from their diplomas.”

As of 2019, the diplomas from Washington and Lee University have photos of — Washington and Lee. The school is named after Washington and Lee. Students in attendance have submitted applications to Washington and Lee. Now, though, those same students don’t want to have images of Washington and Lee on their own documents.

According to the petition, the students want the images removed so the diplomas can be displayed at work or home – implying that being associated with George Washington or Robert E. Less is somehow shameful.

“The goal of establishing this option is to create a diploma that alumni are proud to prominently display in their homes and places of work,” says the petition, noting that the school had made changes to its diplomas in the past, “such as the transition from sheepskin diplomas to paper diplomas.”

The document continues, giving its own warped reasoning for hiding the name and foundation of the school.

“The aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville and the heightened awareness of making Washington & Lee an inclusive and compassionate environment to all students. We believe this request provides alumni the ability to honor their alma mater without the presence of the portraits that some may find controversial or offensive,” the petition adds.

While only about 230 people have signed the petition, many have expressed outrage; alumni are speaking out the loudest against the change. According to the school’s largest alumni group, removing the portraits would be “a severe affront to the generous and loyal alumni who respect the character and values of our namesakes.”

The school has yet to make or release a decision on the student’s demands.


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