At the White House petition site:
We petition the Obama Administration to:
Today we have over 10 US military bases named for generals of the Confederate States of America.
For example, Fort Polk is named after a plantation master of several hundred slaves. Fort Pickett’s namesake was accused of war crimes in executing 22 Union prisoners.
Forts Benning, Bragg, Polk, A.P. Hill, Rucker, Beauregard, Lee, Hood all carry similar tales.
When these bases were built, during the World Wars, it may have made sense to name them after local heroes. Now, with over 20% of our forces African-American why do we insult them by asking them to serve at a base named after defenders of slavery WHO KILLED AMERICAN TROOPS?
Would we have a Goering Air Base or Camp Cornwallis?
There are so many honorable people who upheld our American ideals, can’t we find 10 to honor?
Created: Jul 06, 2013
Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Defense, Veterans and Military Families
Signatures needed by August 05, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000 99,742
Total signatures on this petition 258
Sometimes I wonder if they actually did.