LETTER: Leave Lee Junior High's Name Alone

 

OPINION — As a San Angelo Taxpayer, I am against changing names on long established buildings for the following reasons:

  • It is costly and labor intensive for the school to change all the current logos or names on all official paperwork, the building, clothing, and other items.
  • It is a slippery slope to change names. Consider Tom Green County was named in 1874 after Confederate Brigadier General Thomas Green? Beauregard was also a Confederate General. Our history is to learn from, not to change. If we allow one name to change, are we not opening it up to others?
  • Change.org is a for profit site that is left leaning and sells your information to others. “These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.”(Media Bias/Fact Check) . Also anyone can vote on this web site, many are not from the San Angelo area. Thus, I believe the numbers reported may be skewed.
  • Many have graduated from Lee Junior High and are proud of being a Rebel (which has a vast array of meanings). Again changing history, doesn’t change the present.
  • Supporting a multicultural city means engaging in conversation and working together on issues and problems, not dividing us with color and race. Our police deserve support and recognition on trying to bring us together. Chief Carter is working toward pairing up police officers with young students on outdoor trips. That is a solution.
  • One idea may be to place it on the ballot in November and allow voters to decide?

I was a military child, wife, and civilian employee for 33 years with the US Air Force. We held events and workplace daily activities without race issues. I believe our city can as well. Let’s leave race out of it, and work on unity as compassionate human beings.

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yea, but he fought to defend slavery. Slavery is bad, and so is he. His name should be held in the same likeness of dirty diaper.

I don't believe Robert E. Lee should be held up on a pedestal and paraded around as a figure head for any cause in the United States. He was a traitor to our country and commanded the deaths of countless Americans for the sake of locking a whole color of people into chains and subhuman conditions.

Treating Robert E. Lee like some sort of mascot for a school is is no different than a James Holmes middle school. These are murderers and racists, Ginger.

I don't believe Robert E. Lee should be held up on a pedestal and paraded around as a figure head for any cause in the United States. He was a traitor to our country and commanded the deaths of countless Americans for the sake of locking a whole color of people into chains and subhuman conditions.

Treating Robert E. Lee like some sort of mascot for a school is is no different than a James Holmes middle school. These are murderers and racists, Ginger.

Lee was a decent human being caught in a complex situation, and a man of his time. That is the reason he is honored. His views on the people enslaved as chattel may have actually been less severe than Union general Grant's, whose image decorates the 50 dollar bill. For that matter, me might be viewed as being less cruel than President Jackson, whose visage is in the $20 bill, who was ruthless towards the indigenous people of North America.

If we forget that only in the West did humanity begin the fight to abolish slavery throughout the Earth while other nations were indifferent to the practice, we are likely to fall beneath the accomplishments of previous generations, and repeat the past, rather than surpass them.

Anyone else find it funny that the lady that is for changing the school's name, uses a fake name?

History knows Robert E. Lee as “the Rebel General,” You must know that Lee was a disbeliever in slavery and secession and believed in the republic that his father and kinsmen had helped bring into being. The war for Robert E. Lee was NOT about slavery but about secession. Robert E. Lee initially rejected war as a resolution for political conflicts (a fact that has been almost entirely ignored). As a U.S. Army colonel in Texas during the secession , Robert E. Lee wrote, “If strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, I shall mourn for my country and for the welfare and progress of mankind.” Lets look at this again! If strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, I will also morn for my country and for the welfare and progress of mankind.

I appreciate your attempt to educate the people; however, it is a complete waste of time. We all know that the narrow-minded and ignorant people of San Angelo prefer to stay that way. The majority of San Angelo lives in their ignorant bubble, even with it is burst.

... the people in San Angelo (and surrounding areas) ... then... why are you here or near San Angelo? I disagree with you Karen ... or are you going to get your feelings hurt because I disagree... and ask me and the rest of San Angelo... to remove our "Sheets"?? If you feel that strongly about the people in San Angelo... then pack up ... and move! Problem solved!

Mr. Lambert, I did that 7 years ago. I read San Angelo live for the laughs and Gosanangelo Obituaries.

... I just wanted to say that and also to say that I hope that those individuals that are trying so hard to have the names of Lee Jr.High ( I will always refer to it as a Jr.High) and Reagan Elementary ( where I attended elementary school) will read your comment and think about it and stop living in the past! My thoughts are about this ... is it's all about politics. I say that because this situation has never came up before this year. I didn't attend Lee Jr.High but did Reagan Elementary school, because I lived and still do ... in the district of Reagan Elementary. As a student at Reagan elementary I had non-white friends and Hispanic friends and not once have I heard any of those friends tell me they felt uncomfortable and uneasy about attending a school named after someone that was a member of high rank on the Confederate side of the Civil War. Now because of this district that I lived in ... and still do ... I attended Edison Jr.High but had good friends that lived in the district for Lee Jr.High and again, some of those friends were non-white and some were Hispanic... and not once... did they mention that they felt uncomfortable or uneasy attending Lee Jr.High because it was named after a Confederate General in the Civil war. These individuals that are pushing so hard to have the names changed are in my opinion (which I am entitled to here in America) have an agenda that is total political and are living in the past and just want to cause drama. Now that the end of my comment and thanks again Priscilla Jones for sharing your thoughts on this subject!

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