With the controversy over Confederate statues, one university decided to remove a statue when no one was looking.
Rather than find and prosecute the vandal, Duke decided to remove the statue altogether.
And they did it “in the dead of night,” according to Fox News.
Here’s the Duke University announcement:
— Duke University (@DukeU) August 19, 2017
“Duke University has removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from its campus amid an intensifying national debate over Confederate statues and monuments. The university said it took the statue down from its perch in Duke Chapel early Saturday morning, three days after it had been damaged by vandalism.
In an email to students, faculty, staff and alumni Saturday morning, University President Vincent Price said he chose to have the statue removed to protect the chapel and its parishioners, and to ‘express the deep and abiding values of our university.'”
Here’s Fox News reporting what happened:
Duke removes Robert E. Lee statue overnight | https://t.co/Zitnjo18Eq
— Fox News Video (@foxnewsvideo) August 19, 2017
The question everyone should have about taking down Confederate statues is:
Why is it suddenly offensive to have statues that stood for so long? If there’s a reason why these statues are offensive, why weren’t they removed during the Obama years?
Could it be that the only reason is that Trump’s political opponents see an opportunity??