Florida City Decides To Rename Confederate Streets

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A Florida city has decided to rename streets named after Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood, and Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also a Ku Klux Klan member.

The city commission of Hollywood, Fla. voted 5-2 to rename Lee Street, Hood Street, and Forrest Street to Louisville Street, Macon Street, and Savannah Street, respectively, according to ABC News Tuesday.

“It is time to change the names and the time is now,” said Debra Case, one of the commissioners, during the meeting. “We must do the right thing and we must do it now.”

“We have streets named for slave-owning presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Madison,” said Cynthia Baker, a Hollywood resident. “Activists have said those streets are next.”

The Hollywood street signs were vandalized two years ago; a call to rename the streets was raised but went unaddressed over a decade ago. The Florida city’s decision to proceed with the renaming of the streets dedicated to Confederate generals resembles the decision made by New Orleans to remove its four Confederate statues in May. (RELATED: New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation)

“The street names in Hollywood- a city for everybody- holds [sic] sentiments that affect all who live here and not just those who live or own businesses on the streets in question,” Kevin Biederman, a fellow commissioner who voted in favor of the renaming, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “These names should be changed as soon as possible to reflect the progressive, diverse community we embrace, promote, invite visitors to and celebrate.”
“Activists and reformers will continue efforts to create change to enfranchise everyone and in particular minority groups. The sooner this is done, the less distraction from other City business and City expense associated with demonstrations.”

TheDCNF reached out to other members of the commission for comment, but received none in time for press.

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