Change the name of Dixie to Live Oak Valley Elementary (LOVE) School District!

Change the name of Dixie to Live Oak Valley Elementary (LOVE) School District!

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Marnie Glickman started this petition to President of Dixie School District Board of Trustees Brad Honsberger and

Dixie School District, in San Rafael, CA, was named after the Confederacy during the Civil War. Dixie is a symbol of the Confederacy, slavery and White Supremacy. It should not be the name of any school or school district.

Dixie School Board will vote on March 19, 2019 on whether to change the name of Dixie School District to Live Oak Valley Elementary (LOVE) School District. We need your support. The board has voted against changing the name of Dixie 12 times this year. 

We believe Live Oak Valley Elementary (LOVE) School District is a name that all people in our community can point to with pride. The name is inspirational, unifying, enduring and local.

Marin Going South By SF Chronicle Editorial Board

Officials and residents of Marin County’s Dixie School District had five hours of debate and a century and a half of history to think better of an unfortunate name. Apparently, they need more time.

Sure, the San Rafael district’s name is a tribute to the Confederacy’s bloody pro-slavery rebellion against the United States, an affront to African Americans in a notoriously segregated area, and a historical and geographic nonsense with no identifiable upside. But changing the name after a mere 155 years, in the words of one Dixie-whistling school official, “feels rushed.”

The district’s board chose the regrettable occasion of Lincoln’s 210th birthday Tuesday to squander the latest of several opportunities to abandon their misguided homage to the Old South. They rejected not one but 13 alternatives, some of them perfectly unobjectionable — Live Oak Valley, John Muir — and all of them preferable to Dixie.

Despite the creative revisionism of the remarkably vocal local Copperheads, the record convincingly ties the district’s name to Southern sympathizers, who weren’t uncommon in the community or across California. It doesn’t take a doctorate in history to understand the implications of the year of the original Dixie Schoolhouse’s christening: 1864.

Granted, the name of a 2,000-student district in a corner of Bay Area suburbia is hardly among the most pressing issues of our time. But the sheer triviality of the question of what such an entity calls itself makes the lost-cause defense of Dixie that much more ridiculous. The residents of a 21st-century Northern California school district that could be named almost anything are reenacting Pickett’s Charge over one of the few possibilities that disturbs many of their fellow Americans.

Learn more at www.changethename.net.

 

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