The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) pledged Tuesday not to take down its Confederate statues, but also stated it will add context to them.
VMI made the decision at a board of visitors meeting, where J.H. Binford Peay III defended the statues and stated “there’s no place for discrimination” at the school, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“We are a different school,” said Peay to the board. “And we build on the strengths of our traditions, the right traditions, the right statues, the right…ceremonies that we have to make our graduates stronger and better for a nation that needs to move to the future and advance in a right way. That’s my thinking, ladies and gentlemen. And I don’t think I’m being politically correct.”
John William Boland, president of VMI’s board of visitors, said he and the rest of the board agreed with Peay. The president suggested creating a plaque to commemorate VMI cadets who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
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