Tradition meaningless

Editor:

Tradition is not a good enough reason to maintain status quo. Just to remind you of a few past American "traditions";

African Americans were slaves

Women did not have the right to vote

People did not choose a spouse ... the parents did

People were shot on sight for stealing cattle

Justice was a hangman's noose, or a lynch mob

Duels were fought for slander, etc.

These are just a few of the past "traditions" of our culture. Just because something is tradition, does not make it right. I do not believe Shannon should have tried to get in the Citadel, either. However, only because she wasn't qualified, not because it is a tradition.

A letter in Time had it right ... "There are a lot of males in the Citadel, but no men."

Patricia Voogd

Systems and Industrial Engineering Junior

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