Change the name of Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, Tx)
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Although, General Robert E. Lee did not own slaves and renounced the confederacy at the end of the Civil War, he still fought for the ideals and principles of the confederacy which included slavery. In a city where the majority of the students are of color it is a slap in the face to celebrate and go to a school named after a man that fought to have them in bondage. Keeping a school named after a confederate soldier whose mascot a ‘Red Raider’ (formerly ‘Rebel’), which incidentally went around after the Civil War killing freed slaves, is a slap in the face to every person of color, living or deceased, who suffered at the hands of the confederacy. Totally ignoring death, enslavement and terror the confederacy stood for. Robert E. Lee himself said “I think it wisest not to keep open the sores of war”. This goes to the morality of Tyler Texas, it’s city government and it’s school officials which directly influences the students. Times have changed and confederacy is dead. It is time to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School that reflects today’s community, students, ethics and presence.
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