Yeah the same GW that started the flow of drugs into the urban community to fund the Iran-Contra? You mean the guy who sold arms to Afghanistan and trained Bin Laden? Boyyyyyyyyyyy. Yeah put his statue right next to Andrew Jackson’s and Robert E. Lee lol. pic.twitter.com/hn4arMJBsH— Taurean Meacham (@polosandclarks) January 28, 2019
There is, of course, the fact that when he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, he expressed his opposal to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, something which he said he regretted later in life, but…you know, history really isn’t kind to many of us. There is also the fact that he encouraged white fearmongering during his presidential campaign speeches, repeatedly referencing Willie Horton – a Black man who raped a white woman and stabbed her partner when he was out on a furlough program that his opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis supported. Again, something that he regretted…but did. “It was out of character for him,” Rev. Jesse Jackson told PBS, according to the report. “He did it in the heat of battle.” Now, it is always possible that people change and grow. None of us are perfect. That being said, many of us don’t really get a chance to directly influence policy and public perception (insert obligatory “go research and vote” ad here). In the meantime, however, Twitter users are making it clear exactly what they think of the new statue on campus.
Hol up, hol up, HOLD UP. You mean to tell me Hampton University has a bronze statue of George Bush on campus?!?!? Wtf been going on since I left??— Positive Brotha Hakeem (@ThatMan_JC) January 28, 2019
#HamptonUniversity I'm sorry Dr. Harvey…just because you have fond memories of your friendship with George Bush, doesn't mean you should erect a statue of him on Hampton's historically black campus. P.S. I haven't forgotten this in 1991: https://t.co/HhGivd4Sh6— Natalie Jackson, Esq. (@NatJackTweets) January 30, 2019
you sure it ain’t just Harvey standing real still?— ronald. (@rondtjr) January 27, 2019
I cannot believe Lee Atwater-Willie Horton-George H.W. Bush is memorialized in statue on the grounds of Hampton University.
Hampton University is honoring George H. W. Bush with a statue?— Malcolm Friday (@cantforgofriday) January 29, 2019
hampton really put george h.w bush statue on their campus?!!! seriouslY??!!! pic.twitter.com/CBmiYnUuBd— chocolate almond milk (@organicblaq) January 29, 2019