Richmond’s J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School — honoring a Confederate — will be renamed for Barack Obama

This story came across my news feed this morning.

Photo from downloaded June 19, 2018

That sound you hear is coming from racist confederacy supporters across the country going bonkers.

When this action is complete, Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the confederacy, will have no schools named after confederates. “The Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday night to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, the city’s lone Confederate-named school, to Barack Obama Elementary School, a move that comes as other city leaders debate what to do with Richmond’s Confederate monuments in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville rally last August.”

As we learn from the article, “RPS is not the first school system to recognize Obama with a school name. School officials in New Haven, Conn., announced last week that a new elementary school would be named after the 44th president. An elementary school in Upper Marlboro, Md., is already named after him. Richmond also isn’t the first school division to rename a Confederate-named school for Obama. In Mississippi, the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees voted in October to rename a school named after Jefferson Davis to instead honor Obama. The Richmond School Board declared its intent to rename the school — which has a student population of more than 90 percent black students — in April, jump-starting a process that included five public input sessions and an online suggestion portal organized by a renaming team that included J.E.B. Stuart students, teachers and administrators.”

Also from the article, “Monday night’s vote concludes a half-year of consistent debate in the Richmond region surrounding Confederate school names. The Petersburg School Board unanimously voted in early February to change the names of A.P. Hill, Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart elementary schools to Cool Spring Elementary, Lakemont Elementary and Pleasants Lane Elementary school, respectively. The school system received $20,500 in donations to fund the renaming. In Hanover County, the School Board voted in April to keep the names of Lee-Davis High School (Confederates) and Stonewall Jackson Middle School (Rebels) in what was the most contentious of the three localities’ processes. Since the vote, advocates for changing the name have continued to attend Hanover School Board meetings, pushing the appointed board to reconsider its 5-2 vote. Across the U.S., there are 100 schools named for prominent Confederates, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Virginia is home to 15 of the 100 Confederate-named schools, according to the SPLC study, the second-most in the U.S. behind only Texas (36). The state does have the most total Confederate symbols (242), a number good for 14 percent of the country’s symbols. Of the 100 schools, about 1 in 3 were built or dedicated from 1950 to 1970 — the time of the civil rights movement.”

We’ll predictably hear the racists drone about “erasing history,” as if Barack Obama isn’t part of history. Then we’ll hear the racists howl about “ethnic cleansing,” showing how ridiculous they are. We’ll probably hear claims the Richmond School Board members aren’t “real Virginians.” For these racists, “real Virginians” are those who want to maintain symbols of white supremacy. Hence, they support a carpetbagger from Minnesota named Corey Stewart as a “real Virginian.”

This is the Richmond Public Schools School Board:

Photo from downloaded June 19, 2018

Front row – Left to right: Elizabeth Doerr – 1st District, Dawn Page, Chair – 8th District, Dr. Patrick Sapini, Vice Chair – 5th District, Kenya Gibson – 3rd District. Back row – left to right:  Felicia Cosby – 6th District, James “Scott” Barlow – 2nd District,  Cheryl Burke – 7th District, Linda Owen – 9th District, Jonathan Young – 4th District

Guess which ones the racist confederacy supporters will immediately identify as “not real Virginians.”


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