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August 14, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- The University of Texas has decided to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis from its place of prominence on the school's campus.

The act of cultural genocide was reported August 13, 2015.

A key component to cultural genocide is displacing icons and symbols.

The displacement of Western culture is genocide. That is made evident by ongoing efforts to remove flags, statues, and images of our culture's heroes.

The Confederate flag has been stigmatized as racist. Statues of historical figures are removed from public view. Holidays honoring national heroes are displaced. More recently we've learned that images of Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton will be displaced on our currency.

Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide in 1943, explained:

Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. -- Proverbs 22:28

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The Jefferson Davis statue on UT’s Main Mall will be relocated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, UT President Gregory Fenves announced Thursday.

Following a task force’s recommendations to relocate some or all of the statues, Fenves said the Davis statue would be better placed in an educational exhibit at the Briscoe Center.

“While every historical figure leaves a mixed legacy, I believe Jefferson Davis is in a separate category, and that it is not in the university’s best interest to continue commemorating him on our Main Mall,” Fenves said in an email to the University community. “Davis had few ties to Texas; he played a unique role in the history of the American South that is best explained and understood through an educational exhibit.”

The Woodrow Wilson statue, which is currently placed near the Davis statue, will be relocated elsewhere on campus to “maintain symmetry.” The other statues with Confederate ties on campus — Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John H. Reagan — will remain on the mall.

University spokesman Gary Susswein said  the Davis and Wilson statues could be removed from the mall as soon as this weekend.

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  1. No doubt this statue will be replaced by one of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.