Army defends Confederate-named streets
Rep. Yvette Clarke, New York Democrat, has vowed to keep fighting after the Army shot down a proposal to rename two streets honoring Confederate generals at New York City’s Fort Hamilton.
General Lee Ave. and Stonewall Jackson Drive at the Brooklyn base, named after Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, represent “an inextricable part of our military history,” the Army wrote in response to Ms. Clarke, who received the letter over the weekend, the New York Daily News reported.
Diane Randon, the Army’s acting assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, reportedly wrote that the streets were named in the spirit of reconciliation, and that any effort to rename them would be “controversial and divisive.”
Ms. Clarke said the monuments are “deeply offensive” to Brooklyn residents and said that the “reconciliation” the Army spoke of “was actually complicity by the North and the South to ignore the interests of African Americans and enforce white supremacy.”