|He supports the Confederacy. And he's CofC's new president.|
The place where I teach. The school that I love.
McConnell is an advocate of the Confederacy. He owns (owned?) a shop selling all kinds of Confederate goods. Grace, a student who used to work for WGS, had done some high school work at McConnell's shop. She said he was a nice guy, but WOW did he love the Confederacy.
Conseula Francis recently asked the CofC faculty/staff listserv:
Are you aware the Confederacy started a war to maintain their right to own human beings?
Are you aware flying the Confederate flag did not come back into fashion until segregationists took up the symbol in their fight against Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s?
Are you aware that championing a cause and defending a symbol long, and deliberately, associated with hatred, intolerance, oppression, and racism could imply that a person holds those beliefs as well?
This is the man who told me, when I asked, that when the SC legislature accused CofC of promoting "a gay and lesbian lifestyle" and offering "obscene pornographic mandatory" reading, the president should have said, "Thank you" and gone back to CofC.
We're supposed to say thank you, he said. For telling us that we need to support homophobia and trample academic freedom. We're supposed to say thank you. For being a political body that supports hatred, intolerance, oppression, and racism.
I'm not sure what to do here. This is the man I will work for starting July 1.