It is not enough for liberals to tear down monuments and anything else to do with a history they do not approve of, but now they are hard at work to rename a school that was named after a Confederate general.
Fairfax County School Board voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High. This decision comes after two years of debating the change. By the end of 2019, the school will be called “Stuart High School.”
The board did not feel like the general, who was killed in a battle in 1864, should be honored any more due to the fact that he owned slaves.
NBC Washington reports:
Supporters and opponents packed into the Thursday night meeting and listened to board members’ opinions for hours.
When the final vote was announced, supporters cheered and clapped. Many of them wore blue t-shirts emblazoned with “Change The Name.”
A year ago, the board pawned off the decision to a task force that it hoped would find a compromise. Instead, the task force fractured so badly it issued two separate reports – one in favor of changing the name, one opposed. The reports delved into the age-old thicket of whether slavery was the Civil War’s primary cause.
The school opened in 1959, and its name was chosen in 1958. During that time, Virginia was in the midsts of the “Massive Resistance” to desegregation. So the school board believes the name of the school was a jab at integration.
However, Stuart was a native Virginian and the location of the school is the spot that he famously tricked the Union Army by placing Quaker cannons (tree trunks) to make it appear as if there were many cannons.
The debate over the school name comes as the national question of how to honor Confederate heroes, if at all, is flaring up again. In Virginia, Republican Corey Stewart nearly pulled off an upset in last month’s GOP gubernatorial primary by making defense of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville that had been targeted for removal a top issue in his campaign. In New Orleans, Richmond and elsewhere, civic leaders have weighed removal of Confederate monuments.
What do you think? Are they right in changing the name or should they just leave it alone?
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