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Shifa Rahman, left, and fellow protestor Blaise hold protest signs at the base of the William Marsh Rice statue on the campu…

Texas universities promised action after summer’s racial reckoning. But they’re still reluctant to shed Confederate relics.

Students of color said they feel most of their calls to eliminate racist symbols from campuses have been ignored or intentionally mired in lengthy, bureaucratic processes intended to delay answers to difficult questions.

The statue of former Texas A&M president Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross stands fenced off from the rest of campus. The fence w…
Qynetta Caston, a student at Texas A&M University, stands in front of a fenced-in statue of former college president Lawrenc…

Monuments matter

“It’s like the administration really believes that white supremacy is a reformable thing, rather than something that needs to be completely wiped away.”

— Shifa Rahman, a Rice University junior
Shifa Rahman, left, holds a protest sign at the base of the William Marsh Rice statue on the campus of Rice University  on J…

Never-ending diversity committees

Lexy Bogney, a senior at Baylor University, serves as secretary and community coordination chair for the Baylor NAACP and is…
A group of prospective students takes an official campus tour in front of the statue of Judge Baylor at Baylor University in…

Building new statues

Evan Bookman poses for a portrait outside Beretta Hall on the campus of Texas State University on Jan. 20, 2021.
Audra Collins in front of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Building at the University of Texas at Austin.


“Systemic racism [has] been developing for centuries. There are no magic wands to wave.”

— UH spokesperson Shawn Lindsay
Brian Kirksey, vice president of the black student union at the University of Houston, poses for a portrait on campus on Jan…

“Picking and choosing”

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