Indigo Insights

Monday, May 19, 2003

Today was going pretty good for a Monday until I found the following:. (from Fox's PC Patrol )

Southern Discomfort
The Robert E. Lee Council of the Boy Scouts of America (search) in Richmond, Va., voted this weekend to change its name later this year for reasons that should by now be obvious to all, reports the Freelance-Star.

Scout Executive Robert Tuggle said the decision “has nothing to do with the character of Robert E. Lee of people’s opinions of him” but is instead an effort to make the council more inclusive and sensitive to potential members who may be offended by the memory of Robert E. Lee (search).

The council has some 20,000 members in the Richmond area.

Sheets. That's Much Better
Managers at a Radisson hotel in Virginia covered two paintings in the lobby because they contained images of Civil War battles with the Stars and Bars and might offend attendees of a judicial conference there, reports The Daily Press.

The Radisson Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in James City, Va., which is named for a nearby Confederate fort and is decorated in a Civil War theme, agreed to hide the images at the request of a group of judges and court officials from Washington, D.C.

They covered the paintings of battle scenes containing images of the Confederate battle flag with sheets for the duration of the conference.

"As part of the contract, we asked that there wouldn't be any Confederate-flag images in the main area," said Leah H. Gurowitz, a spokesperson for the District of Columbia Courts.