- By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz American-Statesman Staff
University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the American-Statesman, which asked whether he was considering removing statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee and other Confederate figures from campus as a result of race-fueled violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.:
“The display of hatred and violent actions by white supremacists in Charlottesville reaffirms our need to reject racism, bigotry and discrimination in all forms. There is no place in American society for ideologies that deny the equality of others.
“As we watch national events closely in the aftermath of Charlottesville, I am speaking with students, faculty, alumni and others about their concerns, especially on issues for our campus. I am listening to members of our community to evaluate how we move forward to best serve the university.”
Fenves had a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from UT’s Main Mall two years ago, and it now resides in the university’s Briscoe Center for American History. A year ago, he had an inscription honoring the Confederacy and Southern pride stripped from the South Mall.
Statues of Lee and three other people with Confederate ties remain on the South Mall.