WPIX in New York is reporting that the United States Army has refused to change the names of Brooklyn streets bearing the names of Confederate generals.
The refusal comes after New York’s representatives in Congress made the request to rid of General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive.
According to the representatives, the street names are symbols of white supremacy.
But Army members rejected the requests by stating the street names are not honoring white supremacy, but rather, they honor Lee and Jackson as individuals. According to the Army officials, the street signs are not meant to be political.
The reason why the Army received the request is because both streets are located within an active military post called Fort Hamilton.
“After over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive,” an Army official wrote to Rep. Yvette Clarke. “This is contrary to the Nation’s original intent in naming those streets, which was the spirit of reconciliation.”
One of the lawmakers who requested the removal was Yvette Diane Clarke.
Clarke is a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from New York. Clarke’s district was numbered the 11th district from 2007 to 2013, and redistricted as the 9th district in 2013 covering much of central Brooklyn
“The department describes any possible renaming of these streets as potentially ‘controversial,'” she said in a statement. “Nonsense.”
Clarke claims she will not give up on getting the names changed. “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. “For too many years, the United States has refused to reckon with that history.”
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