Change Stonewall Jackson Drive in Brooklyn to a non-racist name

Change Stonewall Jackson Drive in Brooklyn to a non-racist name

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Alice Young started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

Stonewall Jackson Drive is named for Confederate general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. 

U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke has tried to rename the street. She has said this of the street name: "To me it should be a no brainer, particularly on a military installation, that it’s inappropriate to commemorate individuals who were part of the Confederacy in New York. Brooklyn has to be one of the most diverse boroughs in the city of New York. Brooklynites would not embrace the naming, particularly on a military installation, commemorating individuals who fought a war to keep slavery. When you think about, for quite some time now, there have been people who are fighting in our wars, who are part of our military, that there are people of color who were stationed at Fort Hamilton—it’s really disrespectful to have these individuals who would deny their humanity, commemorated somewhere they’re fighting for the liberties of all Americans."

The Army declined Representative Clarke's request claiming this street, and General Lee Avenue, were named after the Confederate generals "in the spirit of reconciliation" and that "after over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive."

I believe it is more divisive to allow the name to stay as it is, and it should be renamed for another important general or someone who worked to free the slaves. The Army has the power to change the names and refuses to do so. 

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