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Poll: Majority Want to Keep Confederate Generals Honored on Sites

By    |   Monday, 29 Jun 2015 08:53 PM

An overwhelming majority of Americans say they don't want the Army to rename facilities honoring Confederate generals, a new online survey shows.

According to Stars and Stripes,
88 percent of 21,504 online responses voted in favor of keeping the names.

The question elicited more than 1,300 comments, Stars and Stripes reports.

"As a U.S. Army veteran, I believe that these military bases have been in operation for decades and are well-known to active and veteran military personnel," one survey taker identified as Harry Bolton writes.

"Since we are such a small portion of the population, we should make the call. I also believe that the men, for whom these bases have been named, served with honor and many served both the U.S. during earlier wars and then the Confederate states during the civil war. They deserve to be honored and these bases should remain as they are.”

The issue of naming posts
after those who fought under the Confederate flag has emerged in the wake of the racially motivated slayings of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.

South Carolina was the first to call for the removal of the flag from its Capitol grounds, but the idea caught on in other states, public places, and even among retailers.

According to Stars and Stripes, which conducted the online survey, 10 Army posts named after Confederate soldiers are in southern states, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in Georgia.

"This shouldn’t even be a question," another survey respondent writes. "PC pundits have completely lost their minds, much less their knowledge of history and the fact that trying to erase it won’t change it. As the Army itself has said these posts weren’t named for them because they happened to be Confederate at one point but because they were brilliant leaders and soldiers.”

A survey respondent identified as Gene Christensen said "the liberals have gone crazy:

"If we’re setting a standard that’s about being racist, then we’ll also need to remove FDR from our collective history for he unjustly imprisoned thousands of Japanese Americans for 3 years," the respondent writes.

Another adds: "History is always good. It is evil only when we do not learn from it. Taking stuff down requires much deliberation. ISIS is destroying stuff out of cowardly fear. Let’s not get all that 'religious' about these things.”

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