I didnt know it was named after general lee! That is somewhat frightening. A few miles from a university founded by falwell? Yikes! I think I will steer clear of this area.
Unbelievable. These knee-jerk prejudgments are just the type of stereotypes and baseless, invidious reactions that you express concern about in your original post. I mean, don't do us any favors by gracing W&L with your consideration, but the fact remains that you should practice what you preach. Yes, W&L was renamed in 1871 to include General Lee, though before that it was "Washington College" in honor of George Washington. Do you have any ludicrous concerns about President Washington and his connection to W&L?
I understand the OP's dilema about bringing his children there. They would be black children growing up in an overwhelmingly white community. I don't believe that black children should go to schools with ONLY other black students... but I do believe that diversity is a good thing. His kids might be ostracized; they might do far better in a more heterogeneous area.If he didn't have children to consider, it would possibly be another story altogether.I'm a minority, and Washington & Lee seems just fine. The people seem nice. My big question is whether or not the campus is primarily segregated (I recognize that self-segregation would be the driving force behind this, so please don't female dog at me and act like I'm clueless about this fact-- any time I talk about campuses being segregated, people automatically assume that I think the segregation is imposed on black students by some outside force).