Naming Of Schools

From: J.Wareagle@verizon.net
To: sstoll@fccj.edu

Mr. Stoll, would you ever name a school after the person who made the following statements? Perhaps, General Forrest’s statements better reflect the spirit of racial brotherhood than the ones of a real racist.

"I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races from living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

Abraham Lincoln, as cited in "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln," Roy Basler, ed. 1953 New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press

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"A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as immediate separation is impossible the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. Such separation, if ever affected at all, must be effected by colonization The enterprise is a difficult one, but ‘where there is a will there is a way:’ and what colonization needs now is a hearty will. Will springs from the two elements of moral and self-interest. Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and at the same time, favorable to, or at least not against our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a way to do it, however great the task may be."

An address by Abraham Lincoln at Springfield, Illinois, on June 26, 1857

[Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol II, pp 408-9, Basler, ed.]

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Jim Walters
Lewisville, Texas

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