Change the names of Jacksonville schools named after prominent Confederate figures.
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In Jacksonville, FL there are five schools that have been named after prominent Confederate figures. As proven countless times, one of the goals of the Confederacy was to keep and maintain slavery. Some would also argue that a Confederacy goal was to establish states right. This is true, but again, its goal was the state's right, to keep and maintain slavery. These prominent figures of the Confederacy believed in the oppressive and barbaric practice of slavery. I believe we have reached a point in society, where it's time to place these Confederate figures in their proper place, a museum. I would like to establish new names for the following schools: Robert E. Lee High School, J.E.B. Stuart Middle School, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and Joseph Finegan Elementary, are all named after Confederate Generals. Jefferson Davis Middle School is named after the President of the Confederate States. In America, I can't think of any other examples of a race of people, forced to go to a public school that bears the name of the very people that wanted to keep them enslaved. Please sign this petition addressed to the Duval County School Board, in support of changing the names of these schools.
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