Headlines were made just recently when a public school in Mississippi honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, is being renamed after the former President Barack Obama. The school’s stakeholders voted to rename the school to Barack Obama Magnet IB, during a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting which took place on October 5th.
Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson stated, “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.”
Details also reveal the fact that 97% of the students which enroll in Jefferson Davis are black. Jefferson also stated that the community wanted the school’s new name to “reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”
And while the name change was perceived well, many conservative supporters have different opposing views of the decision to rename the school. The official change of the name is expected to take place sometime during the 2018-19 school year.
Even Camille Simms, the Board President stated, “I wholeheartedly agree with the name.”
The renaming of the schools comes not long after Confederate monuments around the nation have started being removed from public land, following the violent protests and clashes over the incident which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia this August and has caused controversy around the entire subject.
As of right now, there isn’t an official response released by the White House yet.