Earlier this year,Â HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But itâs not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history â examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. Lee. Davis High School is named for the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.
Itâs an issue a school board in Jacksonville, Florida, faced, changing Nathan Bedford Forrest High â named for a Confederate general and early KKK leader â to what is now called, simply, Westside High School.
We discuss the history of Confederate names and symbols in Greater Houston, and consider if some schools named after such figures should be re-named. We also consider whether putting someoneâs name on a public building amounts to an endorsement of that personâs life or legacy? And we contemplate if such name changes are culturally sensitive, or political correctness run amok.
Jerry Patterson,Â Texas Land Commissioner:Â Confederate License Plates Honor History (Houston Chronicle, July 17, 2014)
StudentÂ Noah Horwitz speaking to HISD about renaming schools that are named after members of the Confederacy: