slaveowner statue to remain on florida state university’s campus after vote wins nearly 3 to 1

October 20, 2016

If you weren’t aware, sometimes the present and the past reckon with each other in ways that are unexpected, if not wholly dismaying. From stories of Harvard Law’s logo depicting slavery or fraternities making light of the history of Black women in this country, it seems like the progress we’ve made as a country and society are superficial at best. Enter Florida State University in Tallahassee, whose students have decided that the man immortalized in a statue and building on their campus is worth keeping, even as his past as a slaveowner and supporter of the Confederacy lasts long beyond his death. In a statement by a campus organization who were disappointed by the results of the SGA referendum, Students for a Democratic Society states: “Francis Eppes built the night watches that worked to enforce racist laws and catch slaves. Francis Eppes was a firm believer in the confederate cause, selling his land to fund the confederate army. As someone who worked his whole life to enforce and maintain slavery, Francis Eppes does not deserve to be honored at FSU.” Nearly 72% of their campus voted against ridding this man’s legacy of hatred and immorality from their campus. 72%. What a time to be alive, yall.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor