WRAL reports on just how all-encompassing the wrath of the righteous has become.
Fayetteville, N.C. â€” Cumberland Countyâ€™s interim schools superintendent this week canceled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a school environmental initiative because the programâ€™s mascot, Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, owned slaves.
â€œI think in lieu of whatâ€™s going on around the nation and the sensitivity to issues concerning the history of slavery in the country, there was concern there that it may be offensive to some members of our community,â€ Superintendent Tim Kinlaw said, citing recent protests and violence surrounding Confederate Civil War monuments.
Biographers say Lafayette, a Frenchman who was a major general in the Continental Army, was an abolitionist who purchased slaves with the intent of freeing them. In 1783, Fayetteville was the first of several towns in America to be named for him.