The superintendent of a high US army academy resigned from his publish Monday, after the Virginia governor ordered an investigation into accusations of systemic racism on the faculty.
In a letter launched by Virginia Military Institute (VMI), retired basic JH Binford Peay III stated Democratic Governor Ralph Northam had “lost confidence in my leadership” and “desired my resignation.”
Peay, 80, had been the top of one of many oldest army universities within the nation for 17 years.
Since the loss of life of African American George Floyd throughout an arrest by police in May, the US army — one of many nation’s establishments the place minorities are most represented — has opened up a significant inner debate on race.
Black college students and graduates of VMI shared on social media incidents the place faculty officers had been allegedly detached to racist insults from fellow cadets, undeserved punishment, even racist musings of academics.
Last month, the journal The Root revealed interviews with a number of black VMI college students. One recounted how one trainer fondly talked about her father, a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Another described how first-year cadets are ordered to salute a statue of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a basic that fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy in the course of the US Civil War, each time they go by.
Northam final week ordered a probe into “the clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism at the Virginia Military Institute,” which receives public funding.
Black cadets at VMI informed The Root they’d protested “the glorification of the Confederacy” however stated the college’s management wouldn’t acknowledge the racist nature of the establishment’s tradition, as an alternative calling it “tradition.”
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