Coinciding with institutions across the country reconsidering names with racist ties following the nationwide and universal demonstrations resulting from the death of George Floyd, in July 2020 the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges passed a resolution asking all Virginia community colleges to review their names. In February 2021, following extensive study, research, and discussions, the Lord Fairfax Community College Board voted to seek a new name that better reflected the institution and its mission. (Its namesake, Thomas, the 6th Lord of Fairfax, was an 18th century slave owner who remained loyal to the British during the Revolutionary War. Also, according to LFCC research, historical records indicate he engaged in long-term sexual abuse of enslaved women.)

A top LFCC official stated that: “Most importantly, we learned that when those surveyed learned more about Lord Fairfax, support for changing the name more than doubled. This means we exemplify honesty, character and respect for our communities. The college needs a name that honors those values.”

An April 30 Winchester Star article titled “Frederick supervisors oppose Lord Fairfax Community College name change” states that the board voted on Wednesday night to send a letter to the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges objecting to the idea. What is most disturbing about this board decision is that it was introduced by its newest member Shawn Graber, who has become an ally of the likes of ultra-conservative journalist Selwyn Duke and Tucker Carlson of Fox News, and obviously has become obsessed with propelling himself indiscriminately to the ranks of power and influence, again resorting to his theatrical threating tactic of withholding county funds if LFCC proceeds with renaming itself.

But the fact that several other board members supported Graber reflects a disturbing disconnect with reality in light of the extensive name changing that is occurring throughout the nation by colleges and universities, states and localities, businesses, sports, museums, music halls, health care facilities, government buildings, industry headquarters, and even many food products. For a few examples:

The University of California at Berkley has renamed 3 Halls; Clemson Univiversity has approved removal of the name of its founder John C. Calhoun; Indiana University has approved renaming of its sports arena; Fairfax County has approved the renaming of Robert E. Lee High School; Princeton University voted to change the name of its prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; our own James Madison University approved removal of names of all Confederate officers, including Stonewall Jackson; University of Texas approved renaming it football stadium, along with the University of Alabama and a number of others; and right here at home, Shenandoah University has removed Harry F. Byrd Jr.'s name from the School of Business; and the federal government has renamed NASA’s headquarters. Then, just for a few of the food products that have been renamed, there are no more Sambo’s, Aunt Jemima’s, Uncle Ben’s, Eskimo’s and others.

Can we believe our Frederick supervisors were oblivious to these enormous name changes taking place all over America, or could it be that they have allowed themselves to become the victim of pernicious gobbledygook?

Guss Morrison is a resident of Frederick County.

(44) comments

Chupacabra

Last time I checked, Uncle Ben's rice was still sold in stores, as well as Mrs. Butterworth's and Aunt Jemima products.

Blackhorsegirl

That takes time and you’re not being fair.

Chupacabra

But Mr. Morrison specifically stated the they were gone. I was merely pointing out they aren't.[innocent]

Spock Here

I'd check the "sell by" date on those boxes....

rgsheppard

Mr. Morrison is an example of judging the historical past by today's slanted, guilt-ridden standards. Sad that you can't put history in the context of the time.

BryanLNuri

So tell us in what context "bedding the wench" should be endorsed?

shinyhappypeople

Once you bother to look into who Lord Fairfax was and his relationship to the area, it is impossible to not support a name change. Pretending that his actions were par-for-the-course at that time is incorrect, disingenuous, and ignorant of the facts. Lord Fairfax was a prolific slave trader who, as his biographer Stuart Brown explains, proudly participated in a “little talked about” activity called “bedding down with a negro wench,” for which Lord Fairfax would pay a fee to the person who supplied the “wench.” In case that is too hard for some to decipher, this was a game he played involving raping enslaved women. The name MUST change, unless the school is recruiting for the KKK and happy to be named for a slave raping, British loyalist.

RightSide

Zero reason to rename. We need to cancel the cancel culture.

Spock Here

Like the cancel culture that wants to cancel Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney for speaking the truth? if you're a Republican nowadays, either you believe Trump on everything and support him no matter what, or you get the heck out of their way.

hvacread

Agree!!!

Chris 22602

The GOP is evil. Their hypocrisy know no limits and while their lips proclaim to love God the work of their hearts shows their love for Satan.

Blackhorsegirl

Yes, the Republican Party is a party of the Lie. The liars and Trump Toadies have no decency, no honest, no morality. I admire Romney, Cheney, and others who have stood for the truth. The rest are a bunch of sniveling cowards and toadies groveling at the feet of Trump-a proven pathology liar, con man, and grifter.

RightSide

The "Lie"? You mean that Joe won in November? Joe is only President by certification, not election.

Blackhorsegirl

Are you saying 50 governors including lots of Republicans after several recounts and failed court cases, certified an illegal election? Shame Shame

Spock Here

Scott shows ignorance yet again....All presidents are certified after they win the election. If they don't win, they are not certified. ye gods.

Blackhorsegirl

OMG, are you still wallowing in that lie? What unhappy people you are. You know, I’ve been voting for 50 years. Sometimes my candidate wins and sometimes they don’t. Like a democracy should function, people accept the results and move on until the next election. And then there are Trump Toadies who live in a different universe.

People who have honesty, dignity, and truth on their side and half a brain cell know the election was legal, fair, and safe. Unfortunately, that leaves you people living a lie. How sad.

Spock Here

The current GQP is the Banana Republican Party. Who would want to be one of its leaders, apart from the crazies, cowards, and fools who now populate it? The Utah Republicans who booed Cheney, Romney, and McCain would have booed Lincoln and Brigham Young, not to mention Ronald Reagan. I'm not a fan of the Cheneys, but Liz has displayed honesty and courage, and shown that these faux conservatives are beyond salvation.

john brown

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hvacread

If you want to bring God and morality into this- how about the lefts approval of abortion-even full term? God does not stand for that. Or judging others.

Blackhorsegirl

Remove Confederate generals’ names, statues, and any memorial of any kind to the Confederacy. Politicians now and then aren’t/weren’t perfect. I would say all or most of our founding fathers were slave owners. It was an acceptable practice of that day. We are looking in hindsight and a different moral view. To historically erase what they did, at great risk, for American would be wrong. There is no question to the terrible immorality of slavery. Our founding fathers, as flawed as they were, set the foundation for our country becoming what it is: The Home of the Free and a country who accepts all people: Even if they don’t look like us, or practice sexuality like us, or think like us, or worship like us.

See, our conservative friends don’t realize that many of us find their racist, bigoted, backward beliefs, and lies to be totally offensive, Nevertheless, this is the United States and we must accept you as you are.

Catherine Giovannoni

Frederick County faces a number of challenges and it's discouraging and sad to see the people charged with leading the county spending their time supporting insurrectionist Dave LaRock and a dead slave owner who opposed American independence. The citizens of Frederick County deserve better. Fortunately, Richard Kennedy is running for the Board of Supervisors. Richard will focus on bringing Frederick County forward, not trying to drag it backward.

Chupacabra

Has UVA decided to dump it's relationship with Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves and fathered children by them? Will the Washington Monument be changed or torn down because George Washington owned slaves? This nonsense needs to stop.

Spock Here

One difference you persistently ignore is neither Washington nor Jefferson fought against the United States, nor did they support England. I think that is a line for a lot of people.

Chupacabra

So by that train of thinking, you're saying it's okay that they owned slaves and fathered children by slaves. Remember, the North also had slaves, Spock.

Blackhorsegirl

Remember, we are judging by today’s morality not the morality or thought of their day. Of course, no one should support slavery or the sexual abuse of slave women.

However, there is the intern up in one of those northwest states who reported a Republican legislative member for rape. The entire Republican Party turned on her. What morally upstanding individuals. 2 centuries since Tom Jefferson got “frisky” and it appears times haven’t changed at all.

Blackhorsegirl

Idaho. The alleged rape took place in Idaho.

Chupacabra

Not talking about Idaho. I'm talking about slaveholders in the North, Thomas Jefferson who fathered children with slaves and owned slaves, and George Washington who also owned slaves. History. Don't deflect with something else.

Blackhorsegirl

Not deflecting. You’re discussing history. There is no argument here. Slaves were owned everywhere. And women slaves were abused everywhere. Unfortunately, this was considered acceptable behavior.

I would like to think that in the 21st century we are a little more enlightened. With the (alleged) rape of a susceptible intern and her treatment by the Republicans in the Idaho legislature, we are no more enlightened than the days of Thomas Jefferson. Women are still subject to rape, abuse, and sometimes murder by the men who live and work in their lives.

Chupacabra

Right, we agree, BHG that rape and abuse of women is wrong, and so was slavery. My point is that you cannot excuse some folks in history for owning slaves while excoriating others. So, folks can either stop this nonsense with renaming select places, or be prepared for the scorched earth policy the SJW's are pushing. Because that is exactly what is going to happen.

Blackhorsegirl

Chupacabra, not excusing anyone in history or current. There were many in Colonial times who had great moral outrage against slavery.

I only believe, that here in the 21st century, we are not as enlightened as we think we are.

Chupacabra

But why aren't UVA and the Washington Monument considered in the mix if we are speaking about the context of the times? Names are being changed and monuments are torn down for the mere fact of the namesakes owned slaves. If those are indeed the qualifications required for cancelation, then you must include the founding fathers of our country in the group you want to cancel/erase. Otherwise, your actions are seen as hollow and had no meaning whatsoever than quelling the "injustice" that someone "feels". I point to SU recent debacle where they removed Harry F. Byrd's name from the School of Business, but kept all the money his family donated.

Blackhorsegirl

The Republican led board in Frederick County believes the lie of Donald Trump: His bigoted and racist views, and lies of a stolen election. Why does this surprise you? The Republican Party is the Party of the Lie. They have no other existence because they are cowards.

Trump held the line on the Confederacy and we’ll assume his cowardly followers will do the same.

Blackhorsegirl

How many cups of coffee do you need, Journey, before you can deal with serious discussion?

Journey2goremtns1

Wow! To much WOKE this early in the morning Gus....Reads like a recruitment aid for antifa and black lives matter. Erasing American history one name at a time. Be afraid Daniel Morgan, Be afraid!

Blackhorsegirl

Changing names or statues away from people of the Confederacy isn’t erasing American. The Confederacy was a brief (fortunately) time in our history which now belongs in history books and museums. To require the use of slavery to continue the economic growth of a state is not who we are as a nation.

The Confederacy is not the United States 🇺🇸 and never was.

Spock Here

"(Its namesake, Thomas, the 6th Lord of Fairfax, was an 18th century slave owner who remained loyal to the British during the Revolutionary War. Also, according to LFCC research, historical records indicate he engaged in long-term sexual abuse of enslaved women.)" This is a "recruitment aid (sic) for antifa and black lives matter"?

Blackhorsegirl

Believe me, Mr. Spock, I am not offended. I know what is right and slavery and the Confederacy were never right. Let them squawk. To believe racism is not a serious problem in our country is living with your head in the sand.

john brown

Would you be speaking of "head in the sand" uncle tim scott

RightSide

Racism is not a serious problem in America. Ask somebody that was alive in the 50s or 60s. They will tell you how things were then. MLK, Jr. spoke of a color blind society where people were judged by their character. Sadly, the left has made everything about color, where character doesn't matter and equal outcome is the goal despite character. That is not the MLK, Jr. way.

Blackhorsegirl

No, I would be speaking of head in the sand GreatScott.

Spock Here

White guy says racism is not a serious issue in America because it's not as bad as the 50s and 60s. What world do you actually live in, Scott?

john brown

scott like all white nationalist despised MLK and Muhammad Ali in the same manner tjhey despise Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter .... those confederate bigots just repackage their hate but it's white supremacy hatred nonetheless

john brown

That's Black Lives Matter to you white nationalist of frederick county.

BryanLNuri

How precious! You're still trying!

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