Florida School Named After KKK Leader Is Challenged by Petition

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A petition to have a Jacksonville high school change its name from a KKK leader has apparently reached 90,000 signatures.

Also, apparently we need petitions to not have schools named after KKK leaders.

The mostly black school is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army and grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who owned a plantation with slaves and reportedly ordered the execution of black soldiers after a Confederate battle victory in 1867 and HOLY CRAP THIS IS A REAL THING?

Yes. Yes it is.

And, more appalling is that this is the second time a petition has circulated to get the school to change its name to anything other than a horrible person who did atrocious things.

The first time, the motion was struck down by a school board 5-2 vote.

So, Omotayo Richmond began another petition on change.org, this time using the power of the internet and social media and the fact that it's kinda dumb to have a school named after a really, really, ridiculously racist and awful person.

Richmond says it's troubling that a school where more than half the students are black is named "for someone who would have kept their ancestors enslaved."

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Memphis City Directory entry for Forrest's slave-trading business, 1855-1856 (via wikipedia)

A district spokeswoman says the policy for changing school names does not include online petitions.

How about common sense, district person? How's that grab ya?


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alyssa785
alyssa785

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soflawordsmith
soflawordsmith

Inasmuch as the Civil War ended in the spring of 1865, I'd be rather curious to hear how the Confederates won a victory in 1867 -- when there was no Confederate States of America or its army.

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Eliza45

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bigfred
bigfred

Amazing how someone who is completely ignorant about a momentous historical figure nevertheless thinks he can conclude that he was a horrible person.  Try learning something about Forrest beyond a two-line characterization from a press release if you can tear yourself away from your busy life posting a couple of dumb blog posts each day that no one reads.  Your next project can be renaming every other school in the country named after Washington, Jefferson, Madison and everyone else who owned a plantation, "with slaves."

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

Gee It was named back in the 50's so you you can see why the name and why almost 60 years later it should be changed and the 2nd school named after him with the other not in Florida so no It's not just Florida like you tried to lead on. If they really want the change they should go to a school board and pay meeting. And as for the writer of this article if you hate Florida so much than leave. We don't need you here since you aren't contributing anything of importance to this state or the people in it.

chrisjoseph13
chrisjoseph13 writer

@bigfred He fought for the Confederates, owned and traded slaves, unlawfully executed black Union soldiers, was a Grand Wizard of the KKK, and still stands as an icon of the White Power movement. 

HE WAS A SWELL GUY INDEED, BIG FRED. SOMEONE FOR THE CHILDREN TO EMULATE. 

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@bigfred He bought and sold people as property at the "Negro Mart".  I'm sure Stalin liked flowers too....

I'm sure he was an upstanding KKK member and didn't beat/rape his slaves too much.


KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

@chrisjoseph13 @bigfred Any high schools named after General William Tecumseh Sherman, the architect of "scorched earth" warfare? He was a swell guy too.
Picking a good guy in this Civil (oxymoron alert) war isridiculous. Those good guys up north didn't have a problem with cheap labor in the south when it came to cheap cotton for their mills. History gets revised with time. How about not naming high schools after any military figures?

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