“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
—Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940
>A plaque that was erected in 1914, recognizing some of the William & Mary students and faculty who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be removed from the historic Wren Building and moved to a collection of artifacts at the university library.
Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2015/08/17/college-william-mary-remove-confederate-symbols-university-artifacts/#sxvUPXzIDpSg3tYY.99
>”ON AUGUST 30, at around 10:20 a.m., the statue of Jefferson Davis was lifted from its limestone pedestal and taken off the campus of the University of Texas (UT) in the back of a flatbed truck. Then, Facebook went wild, and the news spread throughout the nation.
Some 75 to 100 students, faculty members, university employees, media representatives and interested citizens watched and photographed for the entire two-and-a-half hours it took to wrap the statue in some kind of plastic preservative, saw through the bolts holding the statue to the pedestal and load it on the truck.
Very few people came late or left early. No one complained about the time it took for the process. It was truly an historic moment and one of undeclared solidarity–a moment in time marred only by the fact that there are five other racist statues on campus that need to go.”
Read more at: http://socialistworker.org/2015/09/08/one-racist-statue-down