Rename Abilene’s Four Elementary Schools Named for Confederate Leaders!

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As hard as it may be to believe, four Abilene schools are named for leaders of the Confederacy:

While it was never appropriate for schools to be named after men who are best known for betraying the United States of America, our community and the current leaders of Abilene Independent School District have an opportunity to right this wrong immediately.

No one currently in leadership is responsible for the names of these schools. They also have not previously been contacted about this issue, to our knowledge.

However, it is not a coincidence that these campuses were built and named in the era immediately before the integration of Abilene’s public schools. A less-than-subtle message was being sent by honoring those specific men at that specific moment in our history: These schools aren’t meant for you. This message is still being communicated today, implicitly promoting a commitment to white supremacy over black equality. Our community now has the opportunity to change that.

Parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and concerned citizens: We can and must demand better.

With this petition, the undersigned call on Dr. David Young, the rest of the AISD Administration, and the AISD Board of Trustees to quickly move to change the names of these four schools. We also ask that the new names honor those who have promoted the values to which our community now aspires. We want for this petition to serve as the first step towards making this happen, and we recognize that many who lead the district share our values and will want to join alongside us to make this change.

In addition to signing this petition, please consider reaching out to the AISD Board and District Administration directly; their email addresses and phone numbers can be found at those links.