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President Charles L. Flynn, Jr., Issues Statement on the Debate on Legacy Symbols of Racism and Injustice

11/23/2015

Riverdale, N.Y. – College of Mount Saint Vincent President Charles L. Flynn, Jr., has called on Mount Saint Vincent students, faculty, and staff to thoughtfully and actively participate in the national discussion regarding legacy symbols of racism and injustice.

In a statement to the College community, President Flynn said the “debates call us to reexamine both our country’s fundamental ideal of equality and our original sin of genocide, slavery, and bigotry.” He also said that “Mount Saint Vincent and other institutions in the Catholic tradition, must forever examine and seek to understand the complex history of the Church and the Biblical case for slavery as well as the redemptive call to find strength in the equality of love.”

Read President Flynn’s full statement.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.