Should schools honoring Confederate leaders be renamed after Barack Obama?
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Should schools honoring Confederate leaders be renamed after Barack Obama?

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A public school in Mississippi named after prominent Confederate figure Jefferson Davis was recently renamed after former President Barack Obama. The school argues the name change is meant to reflect the ideals consistent with those of the students, parents, and faculty. Many have applauded the name changethe school is 98 percent African American, and who better than our first black president to replace an infamous slave owner. But others believe the name change erases our history. What do you think? 🏫

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A Mississippi public school named after Confederate leader Jefferson Davis is being renamed for former president Barack Obama. The name change comes amid an ongoing debate about whether or not to honor Confederate figures across the country.

PTA President Janelle Jefferson said of the name change:

"Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him."

She went on to add that the school community voted to rename the school “to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.” 

According to The Clarion-Ledger, 98 percent of the students who attend the school are black.

Many have applauded the school's decision. Not only was Obama our first African-American president, he is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and role model to many Americans.

Others believe Obama is the perfect choice because education was a cornerstone of his presidency.

And some believe we should just name all Confederate monuments after Obama.

But not everyone is happy about the decision. Some believe that a new school should be built to honor Obama, rather than renaming Jefferson Davis and erasing history.

Others take issue with the fact that Obama was chosen, in particular, believing he was a divisive president who hurt America.

And some believe the school should've been named for a more prominent civil rights leaders rather than Obama.

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