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Julianne Moore: Take Confederate General's Name Off of High School

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By    |   Monday, 24 Aug 2015 09:46 PM

Actress Julianne Moore is in the midst of an effort to change the name of the high school she graduated from nearly 40 years ago because it bears the name of a Confederate general.

Moore and Hollywood producer Bruce Cohen have launched a Change.org petition to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School, a public school in Washington, D.C. suburb Fairfax County, Virginia.

"No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives," the petition reads.

The issue of the Confederate flag made national news in June after a gunman shot and killed nine people in a Charleston, S.C. church. All of the victims were black, and the alleged shooter, who later confessed to the crime, was a reported white supremacist who was seen in online photos posing with a Confederate flag and a handgun.

"Today, this school is attended by a diverse group of students who should not have to attend a school that bears the name of a man who fought to keep African Americans enslaved," the petition reads. "So we're calling on the Fairfax County School Board to rename it Thurgood Marshall High School. Not only was Marshall the first African American Supreme Court Justice and a civil rights leader, he was our neighbor and a member of our community.

"Renaming schools is not an uncommon practice. In fact, in 2013 a father in Jacksonville, Florida launched a successful petition on Change.org to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. Forrest was a Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

"We have the support of many current students, represented by Students for Change, and former students, represented by Alumni for Change, as well as the Fairfax County NAACP and People Demanding Action. It’s time to rename J.E.B. Stuart High School."

As of Monday evening, the petition had about 29,000 signatures.

A poll taken in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting found that 88 percent of Americans surveyed did not want the U.S. Army to change the name of sites bearing the name of a Confederate general.

Several southern states stopped flying the Confederate flag at their state houses after the Charleston shooting, despite a CNN poll that found 57 percent of Americans do not think the confederate flag is racist.

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