With a brand new faculty yr dawning, schooling officers are grappling with whether or not to take away the names, photographs and statues of Accomplice figures from public faculties – particularly since some at the moment are full of college students of shade.
The violence at a white nationalist rally over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, is giving faculty officers a brand new cause to rethink whether or not it is applicable for greater than one hundred faculties to be named after Accomplice generals and politicians from the Previous South.
“It doesn’t make sense to have faculties named after people who have been immediately related to that darkish previous, and pressure youngsters in Dallas, a majority minority inhabitants, to stroll into these faculties daily and need to face this previous each single day,” stated Miguel Solis, former board president and present board member of the Dallas Unbiased Faculty District.
Dallas, together with different cities, started shifting to vary Accomplice names and imagery after white nationalist and Accomplice fanatic Dylann Roof murdered 9 black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.
However the critiques gained momentum after the Aug. 12 protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, which left one counter-protester lifeless.
“We do not tolerate hate or discrimination of any type, and we’re dedicated to offering an academic setting the place all college students can really feel protected and welcomed at college,” stated Superintendent Aurora Lora in Oklahoma Metropolis, the place there are 4 faculties named after Accomplice generals.
“We need to take into consideration the individuals our buildings are named after and whether or not they characterize the values we as a district have right now,” Lora stated.
Based on the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle, there are at the very least 109 public faculties named after Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis or different Accomplice icons in america. Of these, “27 have scholar populations which might be majority African-American, and 10 have African-American populations of over ninety %,” in line with the SPLC’s 2016 report.
A number of faculty names have been modified, or new faculties have been constructed and named after Confederates “through the period of white resistance to equality,” the SPLC report stated.
Solis stated he has help for his effort to vary faculty names in Dallas, however “that is to not say that…