Robert E. Lee High School in Virginia is Changing its Name in Solidarity

The Fairfax County School Board voted unanimously yesterday to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia.

Robert E. Lee was a Confederate general who was the commander of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

“It’s the very least we can do,” one board member said, according to local news outlet WJLA.

The school board votes on July 23 on a new name that will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year.

“The Confederate values are ones that do not align with our community,” said Board Vice Chair Tamara Derenak Kaufax. “I have seen the pain and the hurt that these names have inflicted on friends and colleagues and community members. Our schools need to be places where all students, staff, and members of the community feel safe and supported.”

Superintendent Scott Brabrand recommended six possible replacement names: John Lewis, Barack Obama, Mildred Loving, Cesar Chavez, Legacy and Central Springfield.

Damn! Well, we would LOVE to see the high school name be changed to Barack Obama — but maybe we’re biased!