SLRC Petition: Change Sherman School Names in NYC and Chicago

At least two schools, one in New York City and one in Chicago, are named for General of the Army William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman was the architect of total war against the South during the so called “Civil” War and a policy of genocide against the Plains Indians after the war. The type of crimes committed by Sherman merited death sentences against German generals at Nuremberg in 1946.William T. Sherman is simply not an appropriate name for a public school anywhere and is highly offensive to people in the South and Native Americans.This is a request to the Chancellor of the New York City Dept of Education and the Chairman of the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education to change the name of their respective W.T. Sherman Schools.

Here some Sherman quotes to ponder:

“Gentlemen, niggers and cotton caused this war, and I wish them both in Hell.” Wm T. Sherman 1865 Fayetteville, NC

“sandbags stop bullets better than niggers” Wm T. Sherman 1864

“All the congresses on earth can’t make the nigger anything else than what he is; he must be subject to the white man…Two such races cannot live in harmony save as master and slave.” Wm T. Sherman to his wife 1860

“What will you think of that — our buying niggers?” Wm T. Sherman to his abolitionist brother 1859

“The more Indians we can kill this year the fewer we will need to kill the next, because the more I see of the Indians the more convinced I become that they must either all be killed or be maintained as a species of pauper.” Wm. T. Sherman

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