With the tearing down of statues and renaming buildings becoming the new craze, many observers have warned that the erasing of history will inevitably extend beyond the figures of the Confederacy. While proponents of removing Confederate monuments brush those concerns aside, signs are already starting to emerge that critics were right. After all, it would be pretty hard to link Christopher Columbus to the Confederate States of America.
Of course, Columbus has long been a villain of the left, so seeing him become the next target isn’t exactly surprising. However, don’t believe for a second that the hysteria over historical figures will stop there either. For many on the left, America’s Founding Fathers are sure to be next in the cross hairs.
For a perfect case study, consider the current movement in Dallas. While the city recently removed a statue of General Robert E. Lee from a local park, the public school system released a list of 21 schools under consideration to be renamed. Although the top of the list does contain former leaders of the Confederacy, it predictably doesn’t stop there.
From the College Fix:
This past Thursday, the Dallas Independent School District School Board took up the matter of renaming some of its schools, identifying 21 with “some sort of Confederate tie.”
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa noted four schools were “priorities”: William L. Cabell, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Albert Sidney Johnston.
According to NBC-5, “[t]he board seemed to agree with starting with the four schools recommended.”
“I think the board, in essence, is pretty much together on this. Just, do we waive the current policy or not, and I want an expedient timeline. I’m looking at about two months,” Trustee Joyce Foreman said.
However, what the NBC-5 report doesn’t mention is the list of recommended schools includes the names of three prominent Founding Fathers — Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin.
In a recent Facebook post, board member Dustin Marshall published the entire list of schools under consideration to be renamed:
1. Roger Q. Mills Elementary School
2. W. H. Gaston Middle School
3. Wilmer-Hutchins High School
4. James Bowie Elementary School
6. John F. Peeler Elementary School
7. John H. Reagan Elementary School
8. Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School
9. James Madison High School
10. Benjamin Franklin Middle School
11. Thomas Jefferson High School
12. David G. Burnet Elementary School
13. Stephen C. Foster Elementary School
14. Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School
15. Sam Houston Elementary School
16. Sidney Lanier Elementary School
17. John Ireland Elementary School
18. Kleberg Elementary School
19. William B. Travis Elementary/Middle School
20. William Brown Miller Elementary School
Unsurprisingly, many Texans were not pleased with the list:
For the most part, reactions to Marshall’s school listing were negative:
“Sam Houston?!?! William B Travis??? Now we oppose the Texas Revolution?”
“James S Hogg was never a part of the civil war. Please make sure you guys study up on your Texas history.”
“So no founding fathers of Texas or the USA? What’s next? Remove the name LBJ highway because of poor decision to continue Vietnam war?”
“Travis and Bowie died at the Alamo, and Houston was drummed out of office because he opposed secession. What are the grounds for inclusion on this list?”
At this point, it has become clear that the left isn’t satisfied with stopping at the leaders of the Confederacy. Unless people speak up, any celebrated American could become a future target. Dallas is doing a fine job of proving that point.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]