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Florida school named after KKK leader won’t change name despite petition, longstanding protests – NY Daily News
A portrait of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the original grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and namesake of a Florida high school that still bears his name, despite long protests to change it.
A petition on Change.org boasting 75,000 signatures calls on Duval County School District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to rename the school, at which more than half of the students are African-American.
“I’m shocked and outraged that in this day and age, any student would be forced to attend a school named for Nathan Bedford Forrest. I urge you to immediately change the school’s name,” Jacksonville resident Omotayo Richmond wrote in the petition.
But the school board does not respond to petitions, spokeswoman Marsha Oliver told the Daily News Friday.
“We have a school board policy and processes that we follow,” Oliver said. “The petition is not the starting point for that process.”
Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., named after the legendary Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the KKK.
The council is made up of students, parents, businesses and members of the community, she said.
The large number of area signatures on the petition makes no difference to the board’s process, she said.
Asked if the council will bring up changing the school’s name, Oliver replied, “I can’t answer that.”
The school board was asked by the School Advisory Council in April 2007 to change the name, but the panel voted it down 5-2 in 2008.
The high school bearing Forrest’s named opened in 1959 and had only white students.
Forrest’s name was prevalent on buildings throughout the South, but those titles have been changed over the past decades.
Forrest became the Klan’s first grand wizard in 1867 and later distanced himself from the racist organization.
A Fairview man is suing a Portland door maker, contending he was forced to quit after finding a noose hanging at work and being referred to as a slave by a co-worker.
Tyree Jackson, who is African American, has accused Pacific Architectural Wood Products Inc. of violating his civil rights in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland. He also said the company retaliated against him after he complained to Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.
It’s at least the third allegation involving a noose at a Portland-area workplace since 2011, records show.
Jackson twice complained to BOLI about discrimination at Pacific Architectural Wood Products, once in August 2011 and again in December. In the latter instance, he said, supervisors assigned him to menial work after learning he lodged a complaint. He was then transferred to a different manager who told him to hold a nail gun “like a white guy,” according to the complaint.
He withdrew both complaints before the state completed the inquiries, spokesman Bob Estabrook said.
In the federal suit, Jackson alleges that co-workers hung crosses and talked about the Ku Klux Klan. He was eventually assigned to work for the supervisor who hung the noose, he said. He quit in December 2011, according to the complaint.
Pacific Architectural Wood Products did not return repeated calls seeking comment. Jordan Ramis attorney Robert Blackmore said he could not speak about the allegations against the company. The Lake Oswego-based law firm is listed as the company’s registered agent in Oregon corporation records.
Jackson declined to comment until speaking with his attorney, Kerry Smith. He is seeking lost wages and attorney fees as well as damages or reinstatement to his former job. He also asks for assurance that he or any other worker isn’t subjected to future discrimination.
It’s unclear whether the case will be delayed because the summons was issued to an Oregon lawyer who represented Pacific Architectural in the past but died two years ago.
The allegation is the third in recent years involving a noose at an Oregon workplace. In June, an Oregon Liquor Control Commission employee filed suit after he said he found a noose hanging above his work area at the agency’s Milwaukie warehouse.
In March 2011, the attorney general’s office announced it had reached a settlement with Tualatin’s Valmont Industries Inc. and Barrett Business Services Inc. The Portland staffing company placed a worker at Valmont, where he said harassment eventually escalated to a noose hanging above his workstation. The companies agreed to pay damages and to complete BOLI anti-discrimination training. Valmont also offered the man a full-time position.