SG legislative Assembly hears legislation supporting the removal of Jefferson Davis statue

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Student Government Executive Alliance candidates Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu filed a resolution to SG on Friday supporting the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on campus.
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The Student Government legislative Assembly sent legislation to the Student Affairs Committee on Tuesday supporting the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on campus.

SG executive alliance candidates Xavier Rotnofsky, Plan II and linguistics junior, and Rohit Mandalapu, Plan II and economics senior, co-wrote the bill, and Braydon Jones, their presidential opponent and government senior, co-sponsored the resolution.

“Jefferson Davis is someone whose values and ideals directly contradict the values of the University of Texas at Austin,” Mandalapu said.

Several students who were present at the assembly asked the statue of a Confederate leader be taken down.

“It’s telling that it took [Rotnofsky and Mandalapu’s] satirical campaign … to get something as obliquely and disgustingly racist as the statue of Jefferson Davis statue removed off this campus,” computer science senior Mukund Rathi said. ”I think that statue has absolutely no business being here.”

Some members of the Assembly expressed concern that other Confederate symbols would still remain on campus following the removal of the statue. Rotnofsky and Mandalapu said the Davis statue would be the first step.

“We have a list of things we want to work on,” Mandalapu said. “Not all three ‘Toy Storys’ were made in one day.”