Monday, June 29, 2015

As College of Charleston’s President Speaks on Confederate Flag, Faculty Question His Timing and Message

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 26th, 2015

On Friday the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator who was one of nine black members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church killed by a young white man during a prayer meeting, was buried. His funeral took place just two blocks away from the church, at the College of Charleston, where one of Mr. Pinckney’s friends and former colleagues, Glenn F. McConnell, is the president.
Two days earlier, thousands of mourners watched Mr. Pinckney’s coffin arrive on a horse-drawn military carriage, passing by a controversial Confederate battle flag that had inspired his alleged killer’s racial hatred.
Mr. McConnell has his own history with that flag. He was the chief architect of a compromise in 2000 that took the flag off the dome of the state’s Capitol and moved it next to a Confederate war memorial on the State House grounds. He is also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and as a Civil War re-enactor he has been photographed wearing a Confederate uniform with black people posing as slaves.

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