Warren Bolton’s Feb. 27 column (“The ongoing, sometimes raging conversation on race”) was wide ranging and covered a whole bunch of topics, including the crisis at S.C. State University, which Mr. Bolton contends has not been sufficiently supported by the state.
No matter how many statues are removed, regardless of where the Confederate flag flies or how many public buildings are renamed, and no matter what verbiage may be added or removed from public plaques, history will remain history, and that cannot be changed for the sake of political correctness. Judgments can be reversed, but too often years have passed and the injustice still remains in the memory of the accused. Racial injustice exists within some folks’ hearts and cannot be changed by the best of heart surgeons.
All of the statisticsthat might be quoted in an attempt to show black students at an institution of higher learning are not being given significant acknowledgment will never change the fact that attendance is an opportunity for personal improvement and personal improvement is not an obligation of the institution. Education and personal improvement are the responsibility of the individual. Every student should have the opportunity to participate in the learning process, and some institutions surely provide opportunities. Claflin, Allen and Benedict continue to function as historically black colleges, and without the manner of uncontrolled financial disruptions allowed by the S.C. State Board of Trustees.
So, what say you about the institutions that continue to function as places of higher learning and serve their students with opportunities?