I thought you went to college to get smarter.

February 14th, 2006

The University of Washington’s student senate rejected a memorial for alumnus Gregory “Pappy” Boyington of “Black Sheep Squadron” fame amid concerns that a Congressional Medal of Honor winner was not the right kind of person to represent the school.

According to the minutes of the student senate session one student senator:

… questioned whether it was appropriate to honor a person who killed other people.

She said she didn’t’ believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce.

And a second student commented:

…that many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men.

For the record: Boyington was neither rich nor totally white (he was part Sioux).

And if not for men like Boyington who were willing to “kill” in defense of this country, viagra generic treat the first student would have been voicing her objection in Japanese.

H/T View from the cheap seats and worldnetdailey.com

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. grumps  |  February 15th, 2006 at 9:39 am

    I question the relevance of a memorial 50 years after the fact on the grounds that it serves as scant inspiration to higher learning. The reasons given are, as we used to say, simply stupid.

  • 2. Administrator  |  February 15th, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    Agreed.

    I actually have NO problem with them choosing not to honor a particular person.

    And considering Boyington’s many personal flaws, he may not be the perfect role model.

    But the reasons given where so clueless as to merit comment.

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