On Wednesday evening, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the busts of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson removed from the City University of New York’s Hall of Fame located in the Bronx.
According to a report in the New York Post, Cuomo said the Confederate generals must be cleared out from the CUNY hall “because New York stands against racism.”
The governor added “There are many great Americans, many of them New Yorkers worthy of a spot in this great hall. These two confederates are not among them.”
Interestingly, the generals were worthy enough to sit in the hall for 117 years and 62 years respectively.
Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed from the CUNY hall of great Americans because New York stands against racism.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 17, 2017
In a statement, CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken added to the virtue signaling: “Bronx Community College has announced it is taking steps immediately to remove the busts of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from the Hall of Fame for Great Americans on its campus.
“This must occur without delay. There are many great Americans, many of them New Yorkers, worthy of a place of honor in this hall; these two Confederate generals are not among them.”
Busts of Lee and Jackson — best known for leading a seditious war against the Union — are featured in the hall alongside prominent black Americans such as inventor George Washington Carver and baseball great Jackie Robinson. Lee was inducted in 1900 and Jackson in 1955.
Cuomo’s announcement comes as municipalities across the country are removing statues dedicated to the Confederacy in response to the violent Virginia white power rally last week where a neo-Nazi rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others. …
[T]he Episcopal Diocese of Long Island removed a plaque dedicated to Lee from outside a Brooklyn church on Wednesday.
Cuomo has also asked the secretary of the US Army to rename streets in Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton section named for Lee and Jackson, who were stationed there before the Civil War.