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Tue Aug 30, 2022, 07:52 PM

West Point Has a K.K.K. Plaque Mounted Above Entrance to Science Hall

For decades, the students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York have walked beneath a panel of three bronze plaques mounted at the entrance of Bartlett Hall Science Center that includes an image of a hooded figure and the words “Ku Klux Klan” written below it, according to findings in a report released by a congressional panel on Monday.

The report from the panel, the Naming Commission, which was created by Congress last year and tasked with providing recommendations for the removal or renaming of Defense Department assets that commemorate the Confederacy, included multiple suggestions regarding paintings, statues and other items at West Point as well as at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

But the commission said that recommending the removal of the plaque fell outside of its scope because the Ku Klux Klan, founded by former Confederate soldiers, emerged after the Civil War. The panel flagged the item for review in its report, and included a picture.

A spokeswoman for West Point said the academy is reviewing the recommendations made by the panel and will collaborate with the Defense Department and the U.S. Army to implement the approved changes.


[link:https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/nyregion/west-point-confederate-symbols-kkk.html

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Ponietz Aug 30 OP
dchill Aug 30 #1
empedocles Aug 30 #4
zipplewrath Aug 30 #6
uponit7771 Aug 30 #2
dalton99a Aug 30 #3
EYESORE 9001 Aug 30 #10
ForgedCrank Aug 30 #5
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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 07:55 PM

1. "...removal of the plaque fell outside of its scope..."

Sorry, Naming Commission, but this is a no-brainer if there ever was one.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 08:16 PM

4. News spotlight may, broaden its scope.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 08:23 PM

6. Blame the Commander

This should have been removed decades ago, if for no other reason that so many loyal graduates had died fighting the people that lost the war, and created this organization anyway.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 07:59 PM

2. WOW !!! The empathy towards the bad guys is way too entrenched in US culture

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 08:04 PM

3. Kick

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 10:01 PM

10. Klansman has cloven hooves

Or so it appears to me.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 08:17 PM

5. This is hard to believe.

Not that I'm doubting it, it's just really surprising that something like that has survived in a place like that for this long and not been removed already by now. A panel or commission shouldn't be required to make the decision to remove that garbage.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 08:37 PM

7. I once went on a tour of West Point.

The tour guide seemed to be inordinately proud that Robert E. Lee and other Confederate generals were educated at West Point.

I swear, if Erwin Rommel had graduated West Point, they'd have a statue of him there.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 09:02 PM

8. a kkk plaque?

absolutely DISGRACEFUL! west point holds some sort of sentimental crap to a fucking hate group?? to the fucking klan??????

get that piece of shit down NOW!

does west point get federal funding for anything? if they do that needs to stop right now

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2022, 09:27 PM

9. Archive link with no paywall here

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