In a statement issued today, the Board of Trustees officially announced their support for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House, where it has flown at full mast since 2001.
President McConnell, who vocally supported the flag’s position at the State House in 2001, did not make any comment on the B.O.T.’s position in the email that he sent out this afternoon to students, faculty and staff at the College of Charleston. He also declined to comment when contacted over the phone.
McConnell actively pushed a compromise in 2001 when civil rights groups called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the dome of the State House, fighting for the flag to be placed on the front lawn instead. McConnell, who insists that the flag is a symbol of heritage and not hatred, is opposed to the flag being remembered in museums, saying that “encasement represents entombment.”
The Board of Trustee’s official resolution read that the “College of Charleston Board of Trustees supports the efforts of the state’s many political, civic and business leaders in urging for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.”