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Mississippi school will replace Jefferson Davis with Barack Obama

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:44 PM

click to enlarge DAVID O. DODD SCHOOL: How about a new name?
  • DAVID O. DODD SCHOOL: How about a new name?
The Jackson, Miss., School Board has decided to rename an elementary school named for Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, for Barack Obama.

A modest proposition: How about putting Barack Obama's name on the Little Rock elementary currently named in honor of  David O. Dodd, hanged for spying on Union forces in Little Rock during the Civil War? Noted: the Little Rock School District page on the school includes a photo of a marker, erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, paying tribute to Dodd. It describes him as the "boy hero of the war between the states."  The school does have a fine mascot — the bulldog.

PS — Yeah, I know Arkansas law currently bans naming buildings for living people for the most part. But surely the Arkansas legislature could get behind an amendment to allow an honor for the first African-American president.

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