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stupid school names - don't let the bastards grind you down.
stupid school names
hillsborough county has a Robert E. Lee Elementary school.

get 'em while they're young, eh?
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bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: June 28th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
He may have been a racist and he may have supported the institution of slavery, but that doesn't mean he fought against the Union just to "keep niggers in their place." He was a racist, so what? So was Ghandi.

The Kennedy's have fixed elections, committed manslaughter, are responsible for the death of 56,000 American troops for a pointless cause, murdered nearly an entire generation of Vietnamese, put us on the brink of nuclear war, are notorious drunkards, womanizers and elitist bastards, no one seems to think naming a school after one of those assholes is a bad idea.
bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: June 28th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh and I almost forgot that the only reason Maryland didn't join the Confederacy was because Lincoln told them they could continue to be a slave state.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: June 28th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, along with Missouri and Delaware, at least.

But anyway.

I don't believe in glorifying a man who lead armed forces against his country. He may be a gentleman and I think highly of him, but I don't believe in HONORING him. Jefferson Davis, Jubal Early, these men are honored specifically BECAUSE they lead an armed rebellion against our government, not because they were wealthy southerners.

And separately, Robert E. Lee advocated the revisionist "Lost Cause" POV, and I don't think we should give that much too much credence.
bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: June 28th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I admittedly don't know a whole lot about Lee other than he's a descendant of Robert the Bruce, a Scottish king who was as much of a traitor to his people as a king and a patriot. So Lee wasn't a secessionist, but that doesn't mean that he didn't serve his state and country(ies?) with distinction. And to be fair, nearly EVERY prominent Southern social figure subscribed to the Lost Cause, even Jubal.
bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: June 28th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as leading arms against their country, Lee was offered command of Union forces by Lincoln prior to the secession of Virginia. He told Lincoln that he would be happy to accept as long as Virginia remained in the Union. He expressed second thoughts prior to taking up arms, declined the offer following Virginia's secession, and resigned from the United States' Army prior to accepting command of Confederate forces.
careena From: careena Date: June 28th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have mixed feelings on this. Lemme think about it.
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