The trustees of East Carolina University, after months of discussion and contention, voted unanimously to remove the name of Charles Brantley Aycock, governor of North Carolina from 1901-1905, from a dormitory on campus. The decision came because Aycock, long heralded as the state’s first “education governor,” also happened to be a white supremacist, and a well-documented one.
I attended the ECU vs South Florida game a few weeks ago. Prior to the game, an Army Drum & Bugle Corps band played the National Anthem. They did a beautiful job. But what struck me was that every coach and every single player on the ECU squad stood at attention and placed their hand over their heart out of respect. Of course, they should; but in contrast, only one coach and not a single player for the Bulls placed their hand over their heart. I was livid at this disrespect for our nation.