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Atlanta Looking To Change Streets Named After Confederacy
Recently, monuments dedicated to the racist, red-necked and hateful Confederacy have been taken down more than Mia Khalifa on a Tuesday afternoon.
According to MyAJC, Atlanta may be joining a list of cities who are ready to dead the public acknowledgement and celebration of white men who were willing to die in order to keep Black folks oppressed.
Mayor Kasim Reed has been given a report breaking down street names like Confederate Avenue that are being petitioned for immediate change.
Here’s what Mayor Reed told WABE:
“Candidly, they want action taken immediately on streets that it really doesn’t take a scholar to understand that they’re offensive. So regarding streets like Confederate Avenue, East Confederate Avenue, any street named after Confederate leaders like Nathan Bedford Forrest or John B. Gordon or Robert E. Lee. They believe these should be changed immediately.”
The aforementioned Confederate Avenue could see a change soon as city is done eating Turkey this weekend.
Peep this. Under a 2016 house bill introduced by state Rep. Tommy Benton (a Republican, as if that needed to be said…), all street names that were named for Confederate douchebags in 1968 but subsequently changed, would have had to be changed back beginning January of this year. That means that portions of Martin Luther King BLVD would have reverted to Gordon Road, named for confederate general John B. Gordon.
The bill was withdrawn after Benton publicly supported the KKK. No shock there.
Keep your eye on Atlanta. Crusty mayo packets are sure to raise stink about this.