So for those unaware, I live in maybe the coolest place on earth in the northern tip of Virginia just 13 miles south of the sprawling metropolis of Winchester, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. What makes it so cool is I’m pretty much 2 hours drive from the entirety of American history. For instance, in Winchester among all the 300 year old houses with original bullet holes from the Civil War sits the headquarters of George Washington dating back to 1752 when he was an officer in the British army under Lord Fairfax on the brave new frontier of what was at that time the Wild, Wild West.
All of which has caused the local community college, Lord Fairfax Community College, to take up the woke cause of changing the name of the college to something less related to 18th century slave holders (Lord Fairfax, it turns out, had them as did George Washington). They’ve taken to putting the whole issue up for public comment at https://lfcc.edu/college-naming/?fbclid=IwAR3JSLsmnsgGZJrZOTMKs6D_gsz8U-M8m9B5XpMWYq7Q1GPWIjtKmwJLS5c .
So this has become a hotbed of local Facebook angst. Interestingly a local history buff name Mike Robinson has posted this:
“Lord Fairfax the 6th was a slave owner and the school is presently named after him. Lord Fairfax the 9th detested slavery and the stain it left on the family name…so he freed all the family slaves when he had the power to do so. Lord Fairfax the 9th also paid for any ex-slave to learn a trade and also paid for any ex-slave’s travel if they wanted to go to Liberia. Lord Fairfax the 9th, in this decision, freed the great great great grandfather of present Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. He is only the second African-American in Virginia history to be elected to statewide office.
We can keep the name Lord Fairfax Community College and rededicate the school from Lord Fairfax the 6th, to Lord Fairfax (9th Baron of Cameron), who, in a time when slavery was socially accepted…did what was right.
Remember, history is just a chronicle of how we are evolving as a country. Becoming a better, righteous, and compassionate country is a journey, not a destination. We want to be always moving forward…not to be defined by our past, but to be collectively excited about our future.”
It also turns out that Lord Fairfax the 9th lived in Fairfax, VA, over the Blue Ridge in Northern Virginia, a current hotbed of national media coverage for their ability to fuck up things like a functioning public school system.
So some locals have boiled down the argument against renaming the community college to:
– Keep the name Lord Fairfax Community College.
– Rededicate the school in honor of Lord Fairfax the 9th.
– Redirect money that would have been spent on changing the name to benefit future students.
Which seems eminently sensible. I’ve already submitted my comments and curiously noted that there’s no requirement to actually live anywhere close to here to do that. So if all y’all want to have some fun with wokeness, take a minute and cut and paste your comments into out little pissing contest.