Should We Rename Schools Named for Historical Figures With Ties to Racism?

Schools across the country are renaming schools with namesakes that are linked to racisim, sexism, or slavery including one here in San Diego. Is this needed or is it just a form of cancel-culture? 

The San Diego Unified School Board voted to rename Lindbergh/Schweitzer Elementary because the school’s namesakes had expressed antisemitic and racist views. The same night this took place, the city of Chula Vista decided to not bring back the Christopher Columbus statue in Discovery Park. 

Are we overlooking things that made people like Lindbergh, Schweitzer, and Columbus great in order to comply with the cancel-culture movement? Or are we coming to grips with the atrocities of the past and realizing that these names should not be put on schools?  

Do you know the origin and meaning of your school’s name? How does the name represent the values of your school and community? How would you feel if you attended a school named for a former slaveholder, regardless of that person’s other accomplishments or importance in American history? What significance does it have for the current students and alumni? 

All questions that I needed to answer with the help of someone who is in the middle of it all. 

I talked with Mary Salas, Mayor of Chula Vista and I came to a conclusion that may provide a solution to all of this.

Listen to the full show below.

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