8,000+ SIGN ONLINE PETITION: “It’s time to remove the Sully statue”
Over three thousand electronic signatures have been collected so far on a Change.org petition calling for the removal of a statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, commonly known as Sully, from its place of prominence in the Academic Plaza of Texas A&M University.
Change.org Petition: The Aggie community needs to be more inclusive. The statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, commonly known as Sully, is placed in the Academic Plaza. While Sully made strong contributions to Texas A&M, he served as a Confederate General, saw Blacks as inferior, did not support integration, and was against woman’s suffrage. It’s long overdue for the statue to be removed. This is the way that we as Aggies can contribute to changing the cultural landscape of our university. t.u. removed statues of four confederate generals back in 2017, with their president saying that such monuments have become “symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism”. Like many others, the statue was erected during the period of Jim Crow Laws and segregation, and represents the subjugation of African Americans. This applies today for white supremacists who use them to symbolize hatred and bigotry. Statues represent history, the good and the bad, but the purpose of a statue is to glorify an indivual. Texas A&M should not glorify a man who did not support integration, women’s suffrage, and was a confederate general. A man who did not following the Aggie Core Value of Respect towards all people. Ross symbolizes a period of time at Texas A&M when Black students would not be allowed to walk on our campus. It is time to take this statue down and show our Black community and the world that Texas A&M is ready to move on from the past, and look towards a more inclusive future. In addition to signing this petition, email the following: Michael Young (President, PresidentYoung@tamu.edu), Daniel Pugh (VP for Student Affairs, email@example.com), and John Sharp (Chancellor, firstname.lastname@example.org) and voice your support.
Source: Brazos Reporter