The Army will not change the names of two streets at a fort founded in 1831 in New York.
Reps. Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez demanded the street names after two Confederate generals be changed. Al Sharpton held a vigil with protesters outside the fort’s main gate to call attention to the issue.
The leftist New York representatives wrote in a letter to the Army that they want Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue in Brooklyn at Fort Hamilton renamed.
Neither Stonewall Jackson nor Robert E. Lee believed in slavery or ever owned slaves.
The streets represent individuals, not ideologies.
Both were outstanding generals and the streets were named at the historic fort to represent reconciliation. It’s history with no bad connotations except these two men thought they were fighting for their country, certainly not for slavery.
As part of their U.S. Army careers, both Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson spent time at the fort — Lee in the early part of the 1840s and Jackson toward the end of that decade, well before the Civil War started in 1861.
Other roads are named for figures including World War I Gen. John Pershing and World War II Gen. George Marshall.
The Army will not change the street names, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Diane Randon wrote in a letter to Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.
The Army said the two generals are part of military history and deserve to keep their honors.
The streets were named after Lee and Jackson “in the spirit of reconciliation” after the war, the Army said, adding that they were recognized as individuals, not representatives of “any particular cause or ideology.”
“After over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive,” acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Diane Randon wrote in a response letter.
Clarke is very unhappy and very offended. She will not give up the fight.
“These monuments are deeply offensive to the hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn residents and members of the armed forces stationed at Fort Hamilton whose ancestors Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson fought to hold in slavery,” she said.
It’s history, not an ode to slavery!
The move to re-write history is promoted by Marxists and other communists. It’s cultural Marxism.
Clarke has been in office for five terms. She is dishonest and she’s a Marxist. Both Yvette and her mother are tied to the Communist Party USA.
She is constantly playing the victim and spewing anti-white dribble. She is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The tea party groups were not racist but she attacks them in the video below.
She also says on the video, “There will always be those in our civil society who, for whatever reason, feel like something is being taken away from them when we give to others.”
She seems incapable of understanding why anyone would oppose increased government spending in order to “give to others.”