Late Sunday night, workers at the University of Texas at Austin began removing three Confederate statues from a prominent spot on campus.
With classes scheduled to start in 10 days, University president Greg Fenves announced that the statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John Reagan were being removed because they depict parts of American history that “run counter to the university’s core values.”
“We do not choose our history, but we choose what we honor and celebrate on our campus,” Fenves wrote in an e-mail sent just before 11 p.m. “As UT students return in the coming week, I look forward to welcoming them here for a new academic year with a recommitment to an open, positive and inclusive learning environment for all.”
Speaking in regards to the events in Charlottesville, Fenves said “These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”
A statue of former Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg was also designated for removal, even though Hogg did not serve in the Confederacy. In Atlanta last week, left-wing radicals defaced a peace statue after mistaking it for a Confederate monument.