During the process to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High school in 2013, (in Jacksonville, Fl.) professor Lance Stoll and I were part of a 4 person panel discussion ( 2 persons in favor of keeping the name... and Lance and I in favor of changing the name) in the auditorium of Forrest, when Forrest Students voted ( after the panel discussion) to no longer have ---a Racist, a slave trader, a general fighting for an enemy government (the Confederacy) to overthrow the United States of America, the "Fort Pillow Butcher" (Forrest and his men murdered 300 Black United States soldiers under a flag of surrender during the war between the United States of America and the Confederacy), the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, and the First Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan--- on their school building.
Lance and I " laid out" (quite well, might I add) the Racism of this despicable despot who fought to overthrow the United States government to maintain Slavery...Not States rights...Not Southern heritage(?)...SLAVERY.
Just as the Forrest student's had the final vote on changing the name of "their" school--- "Forrest" students voted 67%-33% to change the name--Robert E. Lee students should have the FINAL say NOW on Robert E. Lee --a Racist, a slave owner, who also killed Black United States troops under a flag of surrender during THAT war, and the lead general of the military of the same enemy government Nathan Bedford Forrest fought a war for...to maintain slavery, --and his name remaining on "their" school.
Students at Lee, like the students at Forrest-NOW Westside High School-are prepared to vote... And their vote SHOULD BE THE ONLY VOTE!
IF you support keeping the name of Robert E. Lee, YOU ARE A RACIST. PERIOD... END OF STORY.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.