World News – United States – Director of Virginia Military Institute resigns following investigation into racism


Longtime Virginia Military Institute superintendent, retired four-star General JH Binford Peay III, resigned Monday amid an investigation into allegations of systemic racism at the oldest military university run by the state of the country

Virginia Gov Ralph Northam (R), a former VMI student – along with State Lieutenant Gov, Attorney General, and House and Senate leaders – ordered an investigation into the school last week after that the Washington Post published a report detailing several accounts of racism against black cadets

« Black VMI cadets have long faced repeated instances of racism on campus, including horrific new revelations of lynching threats, vicious social media attacks, and even a professor who spoke with him. emotion of his family’s history in the Ku Klux Klan, « the Democratic governor wrote in a letter accusing the school of maintaining a » clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism « 

In a subsequent letter to the VMI community, Peay said he didn’t think the school had a problem with structural racism, which was echoed by VMI Visitors Council Chairman John Boland , who said: « Systemic racism does not exist here and a fair and independent review will find it to be true »

But on Monday, Peay tendered his resignation, citing that legislative leaders had ‘lost confidence’ in his leadership and ‘wanted’ his resignation

« We accept it with deep regret, » Boland wrote in response, applauding Peay as a « great American, patriot and hero » who has served « exceptionally well for over 17 years. »

“It has been the honor of my life to be the Superintendent of VMI for over seventeen years,” wrote Gen Peay. “I have always loved and will always love the Institute”

VMI is one of dozens of schools across the US that has been forced to consider its historical roots.The Military Institute was founded in 1839 and its first superintendent was a US Military Graduate, Francis H Smith, who owned nine slaves, and believed slavery should be abolished and “blacks should be resettled in Africa.” A statue of Smith stands in front of the administration building of Stonewall Jackson School, a Confederate general who taught at VMI before the Civil War, is commemorated on campus with a statue that has recently become the subject of debate VMI was one of the last state colleges in the state to integrate and blacks make up less than 8% of the student body Some of these students say they were not made aware of the school’s racist history and traditions prior to admission, and that they face largely unpunished racism from their students. classmates and teachers, according to Washington P ost For example, in 2018 a white sophomore was suspended – not kicked out – for telling a black student he had ‘lynched’ his body and used his’ dead corpse as a punching bag »More recently, a 2019 graduate filed a complaint against a white teacher who remembered her father’s membership in the KKK This teacher is still at school

Virginia Military Institute, JH Binford Peay III, Superintendent, Ralph Northam, resign

World News – US – Virginia Military Institute chief resigns in the middle an investigation into racism



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