Confederate Names Making A Comeback?

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( – This week a lawsuit was filed by the Virginia NAACP against a school district in the state after it restored the Confederate military names to two buildings. 

The Shenandoah County school board voted that the Honey Run Elementary should have its name changed back to Ashby Lee Elementary while the Mountain View High School should become the Stonewall Jackson High School.

However, as the federal lawsuit points out the constitutional rights of the students are being violated by the decision to have the district rename the buildings back to their Confederate names. The lawsuit also invokes both the 14th and First Amendments which prohibits racial discrimination in institutions that receive support from the state. 

NAACP Virginia State Conference President Cozy Bailey pointed out that through celebrating the memory of these tractors every child that enters these buildings would be facing the insensitivity, intolerance, and division that these names bring. She went as far as to say that this was resurrecting the Jim Crow era. 

The group is calling for the U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to have the names of the Confederates removed from the schools and mascots. 

Opportunity to Learn program for the Advancement Project deputy director Tyler Whittenberg pointed out that there is a direct link between the attempt to keep Black children out of school and to subjugate those in the Black community. He added that this was the attempt of the board members who made this decision as they wanted to keep the Black community away from receiving an education. 

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