14 November 2008

Johns* Hopkins - Rude, Unprincipled, & Unpatriotic

I received this notice last night

The Maryland Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388, Sons of Confederate Veterans sponsor an annual General Lee and General Jackson Birthday Ceremony each year in January on the Saturday nearest to the birthdays of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Over the years, the ceremony has included participants from numerous hereditary, historical , military and patriotic organizations including the: Baltimore Civil War Roundtable, the Virginia Military Institute Alumni , the Virginians of Maryland, the Sons of Union Veterans, the Friends of President Street Station, the Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate Military Forces and a number of independent Confederate and Federal reenactment units.

Every year since 1988, the Johns Hopkins University has rented the Clipper Room in Shriver Hall, or on several occasions another facility, to the Son of Confederate Veterans to hold our post ceremony social gathering. However this year is different. The John Hopkins University has refused to rent the Clipper Room, or any other facility, to our organization. The sole reason given, per a Johns Hopkins representative, was that we are a "Confederate" organization. Make no mistake about it, we were not denied because the facility was unavailable, or for any other legitimate reason, we were denied because of who we are. In addition, the Hopkins representative stated that this ruling came directly from the President of the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. William Brody.

The Colonel Harry W. Gilmor Camp has had an excellent on-going relationship with the Johns Hopkins, Office of Scheduling for over 20 years. There has been absolutely no problem over this long period of time. We have always been good citizens toward Hopkins. We have paid our rent on time, we have always left the facility neat and clean, and there has never been any disturbance of any kind. A letter was written on September 22, 2008 outlining our long history with the University and appealing this unwarranted decision. By letter of October 14, 2008 from President Brody's Office, we were again denied.

Because of this unfortunate situation, I must advise the SCV and UDC membership and the public at large that, should you decide to join us for the January 17, 2009 ceremony, you must understand that there will be no post event refreshments; and more importantly, no rest room facilities available before or after the ceremony. In addition, the ceremony may be substantially shorter than in previous years.

We are very sorry to report this to you, but feel that we must be candid with all that have supported us over the years. I can assure you that regardless of the number of participants and people attending, and regardless of this unjust action by Hopkins against our Confederate Heritage, the General Lee and General Jackson Birthday Ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lee and Jackson double equestrian monument in Wymn Park.

If you would like to contact President Brody to express your thoughts on this decision, his address is:

Mr. William R. Brody, President
The Johns Hopkins University Office of the President
242 Garland Hall 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218

Phone - Office of the President: 410-516-4351

You may also contact him at his e mail address : wrbrody@jhu.edu


G. Elliott Cummings, Adjutant - Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Baltimore, MD

Just more of that imaginary PC bias on campus I suppose. Will academics who ostensibly support free speech, free expression, equal access, etc, etc speak out in defense of the SCV and these other patriotic organizations? This would be a perfect opportunity for those who say they support such ideals to prove it.

**Update: Says one defender of John Hopkins:

"This story has nothing to do with attacking Confederate heritage or the suppression of ideas."

No, of course not. Just keep repeating that to yourselves Comrades.

*An anonymous (afraid to let me know their name) person pointed out my misspelling of "John" Hopkins. Correction duly noted. However, I was unable to post this person's comment due to it being totally uncivil, ignorant, and terribly uniformed. Suggestion: If you're going to attempt to post such comments, at least have the guts to state your name.


Anonymous said...

Can they be sued? If so go for it.

It's a clear case of discrimination.

If you don't fight back you will get more of this treatment.



Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I don't know. I have nothing directly to do with it. This is becoming so common, I think the best thing to do is move the event to somewhere that isn't so ignorant and PC just and then vote with your dollars.

Anonymous said...

So much for higher learning.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I'm sure that Bill Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist, would be welcome at John Hopkins.

sauerkraut said...

Is the university a public or private institution? Are they obligated to make rooms available to groups which have been at war with the United States? Why not move to an entirely public site instead of foisting yourselves upon unwilling hosts?

Signed me,

A Son of Gettysburg.

ps: your blog entry is linked in an article on the subject at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/11/18/qt

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Dear Son of Gettysburg:

I believe JH is private. But that is irrelevant to the point I raised. They, an institution of "higher learning" which ostensibly respects, promotes, and celebrates diversity of opinion and free expression, is specifically excluding the SCV for views they disagree with. They are hypocrites. I was simply pointing out their hypocrisy.

No, there under no obligation, other than to practice what they preach.

The SCV has never been at war with anyone. I'm not sure where you're getting your information.

Again, you misspeak. No one is "foisting themselves." The SCV had used the JH facilities for 20 years evidently with good relations. This is simply a manifestation of political correctness.

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I know about the link to the academic site. Hopefully, some of their readers will learn something.

Anonymous said...

First of all, it's Johns Hopkins, you mental midgets.

Hmmm.... let's do the math. 1986 - MLK Day first observed in the US, and presumably, Maryland. Bubba and his racist friends start their little "tradition" 20 years ago, and they host this "celebration" on MLK Day each year. I think this group's intentions are very clear, and Hopkins is in the right. Just as this group has the first amendment right to be racist, Hopkins has the first amendment right to tell them to suck it.

Rich said...

I had a similar issue. I work at one of Maryland's institutes of alleged higher learning. The Gilmor Camp of the SCV (and the major player in the Lee/Jackson celebration) is hosting the annual meeting of the MD Division of the SCV. I inquired about using the facilities on campus...meeting room, dining services, etc. I was turned down with no further discussion because the event "wasn't appropriate" for the college.

What struck me as so funny (and sad) was that recently, two of the college's guest speakers were Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson...two people who are far more radical than the MD Division of the SCV could ever be! Throw in Kanye West and they'll have the trifecta!

I think we're in for rough days ahead. With the current PC climate (especially in relation to the incoming administration), the First Amendment is in for her toughest fight in 232 years!

Father Hollywood said...

Dear Sauerkraut:

You raise a good point about private and public. However, that distinction is largely non-existent since the civil rights movement. Woolworth's lunch counters were private, and yet civil rights laws in effect made them "public."

To put it a different way, what would happen to an American private university that accepts public money adopting a "whites only" policy for renting meeting rooms to outside groups?

Ironically, in the name of tolerance we're seeing the university discriminate based on the ethnic heritage of a group of people!

They are part of the new breed of "tolerant bigots." And sadly, they are so intellectually feeble that they don't see it.

Don't send your children to this dump. It will only cost you thousands of dollars for a piece of paper and a dumbed-down student.

BTW, there is a public road that runs through the campus. I'd like to see that road lined with Confederate flags. So, rather than one afternoon of a handful of nice, orderly, largely elderly people, you might instead of day after day, month after month of protestors waving flags and calling attention to Johns Hopkins' bigotry.

If they don't want to see our flag, treating us like second-class citizens was not the way to minimize it. This is why SCV camps are erecting outrageously high flagpoles with huge flags on private property throughout the South - all visible from interstate highways.

The offendees would have been smarter to be tolerant.