The Houston Independent School District has done it again!
The same school board that forced a half dozen schools last year to pick new non-offensive mascots voted last night to change the names of four schools named after folks who held office in (or fought for) the Confederate States of America. Robert E. Lee high school gets the p-c axe, along with Richard Dowling, Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson and Henry Grady jr. highs.
Not sure how Grady made the list. The editor of the Atlanta Constitution in the 1880s, and known as the "spokesman of the new south" Grady was only 10 years old when the war broke out.
Somehow Jeff Davis and John H Reagan High Schools survived the apocolypse. Don't ask me to make sense of that - none of this makes any sense to me whatsoever.
Reagan, the namesake of my (and my father's) old high school in the Heights, served in the U S House of Representatives both before and after the Civil War, and was the Postmaster General of the Confederacy. Maybe he survived because he ran the only post office ever to actually run at a profit in U S history.