HOUSTON — Rice University has announced plans to redesign its Academic Quadrangle. The announcement was made Monday and work is expected to begin this fall. Renderings are expected to be released this spring. Rice held an invitational competition last summer to determine the design partner to help with the design plans. The “internationally renowned landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz” was chosen to lead the project, Rice said in a release.
The university’s Board of Trustees picked NBW’s plan, which it said: “aligns with aspirations to enrich student experience, foster inclusivity and celebrate Rice’s evolution and values while respectfully recognizing the founding gift of William Marsh Rice.” The Quadrangle The centerpiece at the Rice University Academic Quadrangle, which is flanked by Lovett Hall and Fondren Library, is the Founder’s Memorial.
The Quadrangle has been the site of commencement ceremonies, among other things. “The need to recontextualize the Academic Quadrangle became apparent during several years of conversations regarding its focal point, the Founder’s Memorial, given the founder’s history as an owner of enslaved people,” the university said in a release.
Just to be clear, since the article did not name him, the founder of Rice University is William Marsh Rice, an outstanding Yankee transplant white man who came from very humble beginnings to become one of Texas’ Wealthiest Men.
Here is presented the widely dismissed account that probably sometime in the mid-11th century, Danish Vikings from Schleswig and the Danelaw (as ascertained from runic rock inscriptions) arrived at Santos in Brazil and proceeded inland to Paraguay. From a fortified hill near the Brazilian border, they occupied a defensive position for some part of two centuries, keeping watch on a nearby small mountain. It has been reported that in the 20th century, beneath the mountain under observation, was discovered a large area whose walls and roof are built of concrete unknown to science and cannot be opened but are believed to conceal a network of tunnels. The following unravels the story presented by just a few advocates, of Vikings in South America. Like so many of these tales, it needs further investigation to enable verification, but nonetheless, it provides food for thought.
Many historical events have been twisted and distorted over the years in order to convince white Americans that we’re the most hostile and violent people on the planet.
One such event is the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.
The supposed perpetrators were the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry, and the supposed victims were a small band of Sioux Indians. The popular mythos is that the 7th Cavalry corralled the Indians near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota and then, without provocation, fired on them with all the might of the US Army’s arsenal, killing 300-400, including women and children who were intentionally targeted.
“As the left and center-right continue to battle it out over a culture war the left has already won, it’s important to note that neither side cares about the truth. They are simply using narratives to fulfill their own short term pointless objectives. The reality is that race – a biological construct – is very real and is historically significant. Admitting that a historical figure was racist isn’t an own goal like conservatives believe. Rather it is a statement of fact – people in the past favoured their own group and relentlessly pushed their interests. The reaction of our people should be to understand this, and to explain that all non-White groups behaved in exactly the same way. The British Empire expanded and enslaved, just as the Ottoman and Mongol Empires did as well.
The dumbing down of education is one of the most significant factors causing all this besides minority activism. The history curriculum is so diabolical that a balanced understanding of the subject is almost impossible for young people to learn. Instead it requires youngsters to go out of their way to buy history books or go online to find the truth, something which only a minority of them are interested in doing. Nothing can stop us remembering the heroes of the past, as their greatness is far beyond anything their modern detractors are capable of. However, in order for their memory to be understood by the population-at-large, a new education system is needed.”
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