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August 6, 2020

7/1/2020 11:41:00 AM
It is time

Did you read the letter from the 16-year-old high school track star fin Tyler, Texas?

Trude Lamb has won numerous medals for her high school cross country team. But in each award-winning photo, she is shown wearing the name of her school, Tyler Lee, with the "Lee" referring to Conferate General Robert E. Lee.

Lamb is from Ghana, Africa where slavery began. In a letter she wrote to the Tyler school board, she asked for the school to be renamed in honor of an individual "we can all be proud of."

Lee, she pointed out, owned slaves and "didn't believe people like me were 100 percent human, let alone ever go to my very high school."

Being from Ghana, Trude Lamb saw the dungeons of the slave castle where "my brothers and sisters were kept...I've walked through the 'Gate of No Return' where over 12 million of my brothers and sisters were kidnaped never to return back to their home."

Turning back to her high school, she continued, "I don't see a future of remembering a person who did nothing for our country and who didn't care for me or my people. He continues to bring our city down."

This star athlete made her plea and the Tyler, Texas school board says it will consider this request later this summer.

Out of the mouths of young people come truths that we need to hear.

It is time we stop honoring Lee and other Conferderate generals and figures who, let's face it, were traitors. These men tried to tear apart our United States and keep citizens in chains. It is time their statues are taken down from their places of honor and other steps taken to remove their names from places of honor.

It is time to recognize the cruel and disturbing shadows these symbols continue to cast on fellow citizens.

It is time those Confederate statues come down and are tossed into the pages of history where they are studied and not venerated.

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