I've expressed both my disappointment in Washington & Lee President Ruscio's capitulation to political correctness with the Lee Chapel flag removal, as well as my appreciation for his defense of Robert E. Lee's legacy, before. But I have to wonder why the "defense" of the capitulation continues if - as those in agreement with that decision claim - the opposition is little more than a vocal minority.
If the opposition and criticism is little more than "yesterday's Lost Causers", then why did W & L feel it necessary to trot out one of General Lee's descendants to defend the removal of the battle flags from the Chapel? That seems rather odd, particularly if the battle is already won and the controversy has died down and a "majority support the decision." The latest move just stirs the pot further and brings it all back in the headlines. Why do that?
This whole debate is quite enlightening. Would Lee have wanted the flags there? Not during his tenure, no. We know Lee was averse to any military display or pageantry during his time at Washington College. Though Lee was proud of his service for the Confederacy, he wanted to move on. But is Lee's position a legitimate defense for removing the flags? No. The remembrance and the Chapel go beyond what Lee's wishes would have been. Do those using what Lee's desires would be really want to use that as a standard for what takes place at Lee Chapel and on campus? I doubt it. Lee wanted the Gospel presented at Lee Chapel. Does the PC crowd advocate that, since "that is what Lee would have wanted?" And I'm quite sure General Lee would not approve of the current dress code at W & L.
You see how selective these folks are in siding with "what Lee would have wanted"? And now, all of a sudden, the PC crowd gives extra weight to someone with a "heritage connection?" Uh-huh. Flip-flop.
My suspicion is that the move to showcase one of Lee's grandsons applauding the removal of the flags is meant to deflect what may be going on behind the scenes from alumni who are expressing, perhaps strongly, opposition to the removal of the flags. I believe there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye. Of course, all the PC folks in academia who spend the majority of their time talking to themselves are likely unaware of that. I suppose they're also too busy trying to carry out what Robert E. Lee would have wanted.
Maybe they should start wearing bracelets: WWRELD?