‘Disturbing’: Women Reveal Rape, Sexist Attacks at Virginia Military Institute
Getty Images/Justin Sullivan.In mid-May, rising senior Kasey Meredith made headlines when she officially became the first female regimental commander in the Virginia Military Institute’s 182-year-old history.But the top honor was marred by a cruel, sexist online campaign by fellow students who accused officials at the military college of choosing her as “a publicity stunt” after state-appointed investigators began examining racism and sexism at the school, which didn’t become co-ed until 1997.“Lnews.yahoo.com
Virginia Military Institute removes Confederate statue
Crews prepare to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from the campus of the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Lexington, Va. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Military Institute removed a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday, a project initiated this fall after allegations of systemic racism roiled the public college. But “VMI does not define itself by this statue and that is why this move is appropriate,” he added. VMI said the statue will be relocated to a nearby Civil War museum at a battlefield where dozens of VMI cadets were killed or wounded. But he said it would not remove the statue of Jackson, who owned enslaved people, or rethink the names of buildings honoring Confederate leaders. In 2015, VMI did away with requiring freshmen to salute the statue each time they passed it, Wyatt said.
Virginia Military Institute removes statue of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson from campus
The Virginia Military Institute has removed the statue of Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from campus after allegations of racial injustice and discrimination rocked the campus this year. "We are defined by our unique system of education and the quality and character of the graduates the Institute produces. A statue of Confederate leader Stonewall Jackson is removed from the Virginia Military Institute. WDBJThe removal of the Jackson statue comes as VMI, the nation's oldest state-run military college, continues to wrestle with accusations of racial injustice. The school's former superintendent, General J.H Binford Peay III, resigned after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, an alumnus of the school, ordered an investigation into the allegations of racism at the college.cbsnews.com