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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
G. Elliott Cummings, Adjutant - Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388
Sons of Confederate Veterans
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.