NAACP Opposes Idea of Pro-Confederate College President

March 11, 2014

NAACP leaders in South Carolina on Monday said that they would oppose the selection of Lieut. Governor Glenn McConnell as president of the College of Charleston, the Associated Press reported. Currently, McConnell is a finalist for the position. The NAACP noted his long history of revering Confederate history to question whether the college would be seen as a welcoming place to black students. A widely circulated photograph of McConnell shows him at an event dressed as a Confederate general, posing with black people playing the part of slaves. McConnell also has defended the display of Confederate flags, rejecting the idea that they are hurtful. McConnell said that he should be judged by his record, which he said includes support for historically black colleges and for efforts to attract more black men to teaching.


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