it's in Lexington/Southwest VA...as un-PC as this may be, a school in that part of the country can't be that diverse/open-minded no matter how hard the administration tries to diversify the student body.
It always makes me chuckle when people decry alleged close-mindedness by making baseless, generalized, close-minded assertions.
I have no clue about the circumstances of this incident. But, even if it was motivated by anti-gay animus, I can assure you it was an isolated, albeit terrible and deplorable, incident that could have happened anywhere. That it happened at W&L is an unfortunate coincidence, but there is certainly no causation or positive correlation here. The W&L student body is generally very open minded. I predict that whoever did this will now become pilloried.
To say that another person is close-minded or intolerant is close-minded? If I were to denounce the KKK, does that make me intolerant for not being tolerant of their views? There are obviously limits to tolerance, and I am not making baseless statements. I lived in Southwest Virginia as a brown person for a couple of years, and I can tell you, it was not very welcoming. Remember that scene from Borat at the Rodeo?
Lexington's only about an hour from there.
All I'm saying is, it is very hard for me to imagine that somehow Washington & Lee is a bastion of tolerance in an area that is otherwise very very very homogenous in its racial make-up and thinking. It is obviously a school of very high caliber but it is going to be undoubtedly influenced by its surroundings. And it is undoubtedly going to attract a certain type of student. Some students will attend W&L in spite of its location, while other may not attend because of where it is located. It is kind of a self-selection thing in a way.