Army de­fends Con­fed­er­ate-named streets

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

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.”

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