A debate rages on in our country about the use of the Confederate flag and other symbols of the pre-Civil War time period when slavery was legalized. While many people want to cling to these symbols as part of their Southern history, others see them as a painful reminder of a terrible time for minorities in America - and many don't think that they have any place in our society. Texas high school student Kayla Wilson is fed up with these symbols, including the name of her school, which is named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Kayla has started a Change.org petition that seeks to change the name of her high school, and it's about time someone took a stand.
Kayla is right in speaking out about this issue, and with over 3,000 signatures on her Change.org petition, many other people agree. Not only did Robert E. Lee own slaves, he also fought for the institution of slavery to be preserved. It's pretty awful that this is the man that students have to see honored on their building every day, but the school's lack of sensitivity doesn't stop there. According to Kayla, the school's mascot is a Confederate soldier, which means that at every sports game the person helping to rally the students is a symbol of someone who fought to keep people enslaved. Ugh.
It's amazing that Kayla is standing up and demanding change, especially because change in this case is seriously overdue. (Really, did no one else consider this a problem?!) I hope that Kayla's campaign opens people's eyes and strips Robert E. Lee's name off the building for good... it's about time.