Julianne Moore Hopes To Rename Her High School After Someone Who DIDN’T Love Slavery
Actress Julianne Moore and “American Beauty” producer Bruce Cohen have launched a petition to change the name of their former high school. Why? Because their former high school in Virginia is named after J.E.B Stuart, a Confederate general. The name was specifically chosen in 1959, to protest the 1954 Brown vs. The Board of Education ruling banning segregated high schools. Charming!
Moore and Cohen have suggested, instead, changing its name to Thurgood Marshall High School, after the civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice who grew up in the area.
The petition reads:
Today, this school is attended by a diverse group of students who should not have to attend a school that bears the name of a man who fought to keep African Americans enslaved. So we’re calling on the Fairfax County School Board to rename it Thurgood Marshall High School. Not only was Marshall the first African American Supreme Court Justice and a civil rights leader, he was our neighbor and a member of our community.
When we were at J.E.B. Stuart in the late ’70’s, the school symbol was Stuart riding a horse and waving the Confederate flag. The Confederate flag was at the center of our basketball court and on our athletic letter jackets and wasn’t removed until 2001–but the symbol of Stuart on a horse waving a flag (now solid blue) remains. No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives.
The killings of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist who proudly flew and wore the Confederate battle flag was a tragic reminder of how these symbols of hate continue to fuel racism and violence. And it’s sparked a national conversation about the appropriateness of honoring the Confederacy, especially in institutions of learning.
I would say it’s not appropriate at all. It is particularly inappropriate in light of the fact that the school was named in the spirit of sour grapes, because a bunch of dumb ass bigots had a sad about their kids attending school with black children. I mean, honestly–it’s a little pathetic.
Hopefully the school will just change the stupid name instead of digging its heels in and trying to pretend like they can’t figure out why anyone would find this offensive. Because that is getting tired.