NAACP hoping to sink Glenn McConnell’s bid for CofC president
Posted: Mar 10, 2014
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –
NAACP says Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell is the face of the Confederacy in South Carolina.
McConnell is one of three finalists being considered to replace outgoing president George Benson.
Students are also speaking out against McConnell hoping to block his bid for President of the College of Charleston.
McConnell says he`s well qualified for the college presidency and defended his record on diversity.
"I say you cannot hire someone who diminishes the pain of my ancestors and elevates to honor those who inflicted the pain and expect me to accept that," said Reverend Nelson B. Rivers, III, vice president of stake holder relations of the national office of the NAACP.
Leaders of the NAACP made their opinion clear during a press conference Monday afternoon.
"He is not qualified according to their criteria," said Rivers.
Some students agree chanting "Glenn is not our man."
Diversity was the big concern for everyone.
College of Charleston student Arvaughnna Postema, said "I will be graduating soon and one of the things that I desire to see in College of Charleston is the effort for more diversity."
Many people at the rally say McConnell’s hobby of dressing up as a solider when taking part in Civil war re-enactments is enough to take him out of the running.
"Confederate costumes, it doesn’t really support the ideas of diversity that the college has come to focus on and embody and support," said Syllvie Baele, College of Charleston student.
McConnnell says he has no regrets.
"The college is about teaching, it’s about important facts, history is part of who we are and that’s what living historians do," said McConnell.
The NAACP says what McConnell calls heritage, is offensive to them.
Rivers said, "He will be a step back and not a move forward."
McConnell said, "I should not be judged by their rhetoric but by my record."
The Lt.Governor says his voting record speaks for itself.
McConnell said, "I’ve helped increase the number of black judges across South Carolina, I was one of the key legislators who got funding for private black colleges out of the lottery funds."
If McConnell is picked, the NAACP will protest and rally at the college.
"That’s a shame that they will try to hurt that issue. I thought that they would want to solve the problem and increase diversity, why would you want to hamper diversity if that’s what you’re complaining about," said McConnell.
Many in the community are now watching and waiting for the college to pick its next leader.
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