[Credits above photo: missouribotanicalgarden.org]
A group of LSU students is calling for the eradication of Trachelospermum jasminoides, a flowering plant commonly known as Confederate jasmine.
The outcry comes amid a growing nationwide trend of politicians and activists arguing for the removal of Confederate imagery from public spaces in the wake of the massacre of nine black worshippers by a white supremacist at a historic black church in Charleston, SC.
Linda Buchanan-Riley, a spokeswoman for the students seeking the removal of the ornamental climbing evergreen, says Confederate jasmine is a symbol of “systemic oppression” and has no place on the campus of a public university.
“Every time a student, staff member, or visitor walks by one of those fragrant representations of racism and human subjugation,” explains Buchanan-Riley,” not only does it serve as a painful, odiferous reminder of this nation’s hate-filled past, but its lily-white flowers symbolize the myriad modern-day prejudices and social injustices suffered by all peoples of color.”
Written by Tony Swartz
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