The deadly church shooting in South Carolina has ignited a debate over symbols of the Confederacy that some say represent hate.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Harley and the states Republican Senator and presidential candidate, Lindsey Graham are calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state’s capitol.
Back in March, the University of Texas’ student government voted to remove a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis because he was a symbol of slavery.
But how far does the debate go?
Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, opened in 1928 and was named for the popular confederate general. Should the school’s name also be considered for change?
“That should have been changed a while back. But, it’s 2015, what can we do now?/ I do hate the name, I hate this name too, Robert E. Lee, we all know the history but what can we do?” said Joshua George.
“The school has been there like I said, there’s no life in the school other than the people go there to get an education. But the school itself, Robert E. Lee, that’s a person’s name, that man has been gone a long time,” according to Tommie Figures.
“Hey, what’s wrong with it? You gotta call ’em something. You want to switch it to something? What are you going to change it to?” said David Baugher.
Should all counties, cities, streets and institutions named after confederate leaders be changed?
“I think it’s always good to revisit those people you hold dear because the same attitudes that we once upheld them for may not be what we want to continue to uphold.” explained Gene Preuss. Professor of History at the University of Houston Downtown.
This is a national referendum that won’t be decided anytime soon, but at least we’re talking about it.