Texas A&M Football Team Members Face Down Old Aggies at Statue

 

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, with its pedestal inscribed with "Lawrence Sullivan Ross (1838-1898). Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman. Brigadier General, C.S.A. Governor of Texas and President of the A&M College" sits in front of the iconic Academic Building on the main campus of Texas A&M University. Ross is honored with the statue, placed there in 1918, for his successful efforts to save the A&M College from closure in the 1890s. His efforts during his life to improve higher education in Texas are legendary. There is also Sul Ross University in Alpine that is named after him. 

In today's political environment, however, Ross' tenure in the Confederate States Army that concluded when Ross was 26 years old is enough to cancel him and his legacy. Student athletes at A&M, led by A&M's quarterback Kellen Mond, want the statue removed. Friday evening a protest of the student athletes led by Mond happened. Jimmy Hill, a former student at A&M, and several other "Old Ags" guarded the Ross statue during the protest. In Mr. Hill's own words, here is what happened:

I finally arrived home back in Round Rock just after midnight this morning. I slept for a while, but insomnia has overtaken me and I feel the urge to write about Friday evening’s activities and share some of the 110 photos I snapped at the Academic Building on the Texas A&M University campus. 

Here’s the detailed report of what I witnessed.

I arrived on campus at the Memorial Student Center about 4:30 p.m. I met up with a former non-reg Aggie who had been a Navy Chief during the first Gulf War. We walked over to the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross together. Along the way we met up with an old Army Ag who graduated from A&M sometime in the mid-1950s after serving in the Korean War. When we arrived at the Academic Plaza we were greeted by several Old Ags who I estimate ranged in age from 55 to 85 years old. It was clear that many had been Vietnam War and Gulf War veterans. 

As 5 p.m. rolled around and there were about a dozen of us there, but no protestors. As the hour wore on, rumors began to circulate that the protestors were all at Chili’s across from campus gathering up their crowd and whipping themselves into a frenzy A young man of south Asian heritage showed up and we convinced him to speak to us. We were very cordial towards him. As we were talking, a group of four athletes showed up. You could tell they were a bit confused because the protest crowd hadn’t shown up yet. We spoke to them in a very cordial manner and found out that three were football players who came to A&M from out of state and one was a track and field athlete from Texas, I think maybe Dallas.

At around 6 p.m., the main mob of “student-athlete” / Black Lives Matter protestors rounded the south end of the Academic Building shouting, “What do we want? Tear Sully down! When do we want it? Now!!”

I’m guessing there were about 75 to 125 of them. The old Ags got up, formed a cordon in front of Sully, and stood their ground against the mob. I think there were about six old Ags directly in front of Sully, four trying to have dialogue with the protestors, and me snapping pictures.

The initial leader of the mob was a young Black woman with a bullhorn who led the “What do we want?” chants several times. She handed the bullhorn over to Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond who began a recitation of his grievances. 

Basically, Mond’s speech can be narrowed down to “Sul Ross was Governor, but also Confederate States Army. Sul Ross was President of the A&M College, but also CSA. Sul Ross murdered Native Americans. Sul Ross founded Prarie View A&M which gave Blacks an inferior education. Sul Ross may have done great things, but he was still CSA...” 

It was clear that Mond’s only talking points were Sul Ross’s Texas Ranger service and his Confederate Army service. You can throw in complaints about the inferior level of education provided to students at Prairie View A&M, the evils of slavery and Jim Crow in America. It all boiled down to Mond’s definition of “systemic racism.”

During Mond’s speech, the really weird part started. Most of the mob stood in a tight group in front of Sully and the old Ag guardians. A couple broke off to the side to wave their signs about and a couple got into a dialogue with the Chief. A couple of the protesters who appeared to be football players then got right up in the faces of the old Ags, scowled at them, hunched their shoulders in an odd manner, and tried to intimidate the older gentlemen with their hard, scowling faces. 

Their ploy to intimidate and provoke didn’t work. The veterans had faced the best Soviet built weaponry the Chinese, North Vietnamese, Viet Cong, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Iraqis could throw at them. Those old Ags just stood there solid as a rock, and ignored the taunts and the intimidating behavior. One of the intimidators then pulled his shirt or hoodie off and, in his shirtless state, tried hard to make a war face and be provocative. This gambit also failed miserably. The Old Army Ags just stood there silently. The intimidation of a couple of young football players didn’t faze them in the least. They’d been through far worse.

At around 7:30 p.m. the mob began to slowly disperse. Then another strange occurrence happened. A very tall athlete began reaching between, over, and around the old Ags flicking pennies laid at Sully’s feet forward into the backs of the old Ag guardians. Once again, they ignored him. Finally, Mond showed a little bit of leadership as he urged the tall fellow to quit being so provocative.

By 8:30 p.m. the mob was gone and a small group of local Ags took over the job of protecting Sully. A night shift of about three old Ags were there because rumors were spreading around Bryan and College Station that the mob planned to come back sometime after midnight with ropes and chains to “pull Sully down.”

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... of that small group of "Older A&M" alumni for standing their ground against the younger men! Now, I'm sharing a YouTube video of two non-white men that in a short amount of time touch base on more than several subjects of interest going on in our Country... I agree with everything they touch base on ... because the message they are trying to get across makes logical sense. Please, watch this video ... these two young men speak their mind and they speak from the heart and ... they are "Right" (pun intended)...LOL! Ya'll and a good safe weekend.

https://youtu.be/4dmvvjtThRs

A B, Sat, 06/27/2020 - 15:37

Has to stop
1 st
Even if it needed to come down
Pulling it down in a riot is not how to do it
2 nd
There has never been a time of more equatable treatment of people of color, women and lgbt people
3 rd
We have multiple generations that have not had anything near the hardships of those that came before
4 th
The liberal educators have put it in our children’s heads that they are entitled to something other than life , liberty and the pursuit of happiness
5 th
Racism is judging one buy their race, creed ,color, religion or sexuality
It works all directions
6 th
The truth is there is a culture problem in our broken home , godless, sex filled , money is king , fame seeking , me first society
and no one owes you or me anything

..is a form of self-imposed slavery.

Once your masters' agenda is fulfilled, your lives won't matter as much as you thought they did.

"Take a knee", suckers. Capitulate.

Let anyone who is perfect, without flaws, be the one to bring down a statue of someone who was living his culture in his time and who was without question brave , visionary, and imperfect. From an historical perspective, with good leadership Prairie View A&M had a chance to become an HSBC (historical black college). 1. Statues can represent people of all types, good/bad/evil/trying. I am not offended to see a statue of MLK, Jr. who was a known womanizer and who brought shame to his wife who held up very well under the situation. 2. Statues don't change history. 3. Statues only offend if you let them offend. 4. Taking down statues does change current history; where will there be examples of what not to be? 5. Artists and financiers invested in the statues; who is going to pay them back? Maybe "buy a statue for demo"? My own anger and rage at watching elements of my life/history/culture be destroyed needs to count also. "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should." That goes for everyone. All protestors need to cool down on the violence and confrontation. They have plenty of good, strong role models in all walks of life and from all types of backgrounds to show them how to navigate life in America without resorting to threats and intimidation. Who wants to get what they want in that way? In the long run, it won't feel good; it won't feel legitimate; it will feel like bullying.

Lots of transfers soon from Collie Station after the Old Ags show-up in their white robes.

... the Old Ags showed up in there ....
"White Robes"! Are you suggesting they were kkk members? Not everyone with a white heritage is kkk ... and honestly the Anti-White Narrative is getting old! They stood there ground on something they believed in.... and didn't let the intimidation from the younger men intimidate them! Enough...with the Anti-White Narrative!

https://youtu.be/88-dV9K_cHE

I'm still waiting to hear what the school is going to do the the protesters who faced down alums.

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