Confederate street names stir debate in ... New York City?

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Two of the Confederate Army’s best-known leaders have streets named for them in a place not normally associated with the Southern side of the Civil War – New York City. Now some elected officials are trying to undo it.

They said it’s high time Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue in Brooklyn are renamed, pushing to join a number of Southern cities that have removed or are considering taking down Confederate statues and other memorials in public places.

“To honor these men who believed in the ideology of white supremacy and fought to maintain the institution of slavery constitutes a grievous insult to the many thousands of people in Brooklyn who are descendants of the slaves held in bondage,” said a letter sent to U.S. Army Secretary Robert Speer recently by Reps. Yvette Clarke, Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez and Hakeem Jeffries, members of Congress who all represent parts of the borough.




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