U.S. Army Refuses to Remove Names of Confederate Generals Off Brooklyn Streets

The U.S. Army has refused to change the names of Brooklyn streets bearing the names of Confederate generals, despite requests from New York’s representatives in Congress.

Local officials believe the existence of General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive enforces notions of white supremacy. Army officials, in shooting down the request for change, said the street names are honoring the men as individuals, not as representatives of ideology.

“After over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive,” an Army official wrote to Rep. Yvette Clarke. “This is contrary to the Nation’s original intent in naming those streets, which was the spirit of reconciliation.”

Both streets are in New York City’s only active military post. Local representatives, including Rep. Clarke, had called for the names to be changed.

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