Take Down Confederate Street Signs at Fort Hamilton Army Base
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As a kid, I grew up on Fort Hamilton military base, the son of two parents who proudly served our nation in the United States Armed Forces. My mother, a Polish-Jewish immigrant born in Israel, lost countless relatives in the Holocaust, while my father's family comes from Jim Crow era Louisiana. For my parents, the injustice, hatred, and bigotry their families confronted became the driving motivational force behind doing good.
Growing up in a military family, my parents like many New Yorkers, raised my brother, sister, and me, to love an America that honored the diversity of its country and its military. Because of that background, my siblings and I all went on to serve in our nation's Armed Forces, and I strongly believe we must make it clear that it's well past time that street signs named after confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee be removed.
Please join me in calling on United States Army Acting Secretary, Ryan D. McCarthy, to immediately remove the confederate street signs on Fort Hamilton Army Base.
Recent events have illustrated the pain of celebrating landmarks that honor a tradition of injustice that we have worked hard to move past. As the descendant of slaves and holocaust survivors, I know there's no place in our community for symbols that degrade others humanity. Those aren't that values that me, my parents, and siblings, swore to uphold as American soldiers.
African-American soldiers who volunteered to put their life on the line for this nation should not have to walk down streets memorializing men who fought against our military to preserve the institution of slavery. Not in Brooklyn. Not in America.
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