DALLAS(CBSDFW.COM) – History or hatred? Two Dallas elementary schools named after prominent Confederate generals have dozens of people fired up after a parent proposed changing the names.
“I don’t see a point keeping the names,” says parent Allen Cano. “It doesn’t represent the neighborhood. It doesn’t represent the times.”
Cano didn’t start the petition, but says he’s all for it.
“It’s great we’re in the South and they’re southern names, but they’re associated with a part of the South no one want to be anymore,” says Cano.
The debate started on neighborhood social media website, “Next Door” sparking hundreds of comments surrounding the names of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Elementary.
“It’s part of our history,” says grandparent Wilma Davis. “If you start erasing our history, then we won’t anything to look at how far we’ve come.”
Davis says she’s had the conversation with her granddaughter who says, so have teachers.
“There’s a reason the school was named and they understand who that person was,” says Davis.
Most parents CBS11 spoke with Thursday night said the names should stay.
Cano and others who’ve signed the petition to change the names say they’re not against teaching history, they just don’t want their kids labeled by it.
“Times change, people change. I would say we just keep up with the times,” says Cano.
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