Two competing petitions over the fate of a statue on the Texas A&M University campus are running head-to-head, as cities and towns across the United States continue to remove monuments over connections to racial issues in the nations history.
At the center of the controversy is a statue of Lawrence Sullivan “Sully” Ross, who served as one of the youngest generals in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War before he was elected two terms the Governor of Texas. In 1891, He became the president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, which is now Texas A&M, and saved the school from the brink of shutting down.
A statue of Ross was erected in 1918 in the heart of the Taxes A&M campus to commemorate his contribution, according to the universitys website. Commonly known as “Sully,” it is now the oldest sculpture on campus.
Earlier this week, the statue was covered with a tarp after being defaced. The base of the statue was painted with the word “racist” and the acronyms “BLM” and “ACAB” in red spray. There was also a male genital drawn in red paint on the body of the statue along with a rainbow-colored wig.
“While Sully made strong contributions to Texas A&M, he served as a Confederate General, saw Blacks as inferior, did not support integration, and was against womans suffrage. Its long overdue for the statue to be removed,” read an online petition to remove the Ross statue from the campus, which has gained over 22,000 signatures in the past 2 weeks.
“Ross symbolizes a period of time at Texas A&M when Black students would not be allowed to walk on our campus,” the petition argued.
Meanwhile, a counter petition titled “Keep the statue of Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross in front of the Academic building” was created shortly after and has generated about 24,000 supporting signatures.
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