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March 10, 2021 · OPINION

Lord Fairfax Community College renaming opposed

By Jim Ottevaere Sr.

I am sternly opposed to the decision taken by the Lord Fairfax Community College board to recommend renaming the college.

College President Kim Blosser has offered a number of reasons for this decision — some unsound and several based on faulty historical research. None seemed particularly compelling.

The idea of “Cancel Culture,” or the reshaping of history to fit one’s own particular world view, has gained a following. It is a favorite amongst educators as a means of reshaping history, as they wish it to be. A particular target for them are historical figures.

During Dr. Blosser’s recent presentation before the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, she claimed that “Lord Fairfax doesn't appear in the history books.” When roundly criticized by the meeting attendees, she retracted, “at least not in the text books our students read.”

History is what is, not what Dr. Blosser wishes it to be. Rewriting the book may erase the word, but it will not erase our history nor our mix of cultures.

My family has made its home in these mountains and valleys for eight generations — since before the American Revolution. We are part of this country’s rich and sometimes turbulent history. I will pass this history, unvarnished, unto my children and grandchildren. It will include the scoundrels as well as the notables. The failures as well as the achievers. It will celebrate our ancestral culture without demeaning others.
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