The Tulsa School Board will study changing the names of some facilities – including Lee Elementary School – because it was named for a Confederate general.
After liberal protesters clashed with a white supremacist group in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month, progressives all over the nation are seeking to erase any public monuments to heroes of the South.
About 75 percent of the students in Tulsa Public Schools are minorities. The school board received a petition calling for removal of Southern symbols, calling them symbols of “racism” and “injustice.”
Lee Elementary was named for Civil War Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee about 99 years ago.
The board can make all the final decisions on name changes.
An Oklahoma City attorney has offered to pay to have all symbols of the Confederacy removed from Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Attorney Kyle Sweet has reportedly agreed to pay the cost to remove symbols from up to four elementary schools because they represent “slavery,” “white supremacy” and “nationalism.”
Sweet reportedly said the cost would only be $5,000. Oklahoma City Public School Superintendent Aurora Lora projected a cost of $50,000. Lora is studying the possibility of renaming the four schools named after Confederate generals. Jackson, Lee, Stand Watie and Wheeler elementary schools are named after Confederate generals.