Comments to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville about the legacy of former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright included a few threats to halt donations if his statue is taken down and his name is removed from UA’s arts and sciences college.
But many wrote in to say that UA should distance itself from Fulbright given his legislative record supporting segregation and opposing civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s.
In many ways this is amazing, since generally Fulbright has been lionised by the American left for his opposition to the Vietnam War, something that many civil rights leaders at the time (including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) shared. But the left has allowed CRT to induce a form of amnesia for stuff like this.
As some of my readers know, my mother was from Arkansas, so politicians from that state are more than a passing interest. Personally I don’t care what the University of Arkansas does with this. Fulbright was one of those people who was educated far past his ability to properly absorb it, and that’s something he shared with many Southern liberals.