The Confederate Collaboration of West Point
Spenser Rapone

I am a West Point graduate, and recognize the many symbols that Spenser Rapone has pointed out. I believe, as a public institution representing the interests of all Americans, the academy has a responsibility to make sure the symbols it displays are in keeping with the values and aspirations expressed in the Constitution. I believe all the symbols of Confederate war efforts should be re-evaluated and acted upon accordingly. I do not subscribe to the white supremacist characterizations Rapone assigns to many of these symbols. His essay sounds bitter and angry to me — possibly born of his frustration. There was a time when the nation was more concerned about welcoming those who fought against the union back into its ranks. That time has passed. Now, in the interest of a more unified future — one that recognizes our great diversity and multicultural nature, we must set aside the symbols of those who fought against this union — never again to be embraced or placed in positions of honor. If necessary, they can be placed in museums as reminders of those who did not recognize the value of American diversity and the human dignity of all our people.

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