September 16, 2016 was one of the most important days in my life. It was the day that solidified all of the hard work I’ve put in for the last three years. September 16 was the day I got my Aggie Ring.
For so many other Aggies, Ring Day is just as special to them. This Friday, April 7, three of my best friends will be getting their Rings too. Let me say, we’re all angry after learning about the recent graffiti incident.
Yesterday morning it was discovered that someone vandalized the concrete surrounding the Ring Statue at the Alumni Center Building. The graffiti says “Rape is inevitable may as well enjoy it – Clayton Williams.”
The KBTX article shed more insight on the story behind this quote:
Clayton Williams is a 1954 graduate of Texas A&M University. The graffiti is likely in reference to a comment Williams made when he ran for governor back in 1990.
According to a Texas Monthly article, during the campaign, Williams attempted to make light of a situation by comparing bad weather to rape, saying “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it”. Williams lead plummeted following the comment and he eventually went on to lose the race for governor of Texas.
Thankfully the graffiti was cleaned within a few hours, and the security tapes that show the individuals that made this graffiti have been handed to University Police.