Actress Julianne Moore has launched an online petition to pressure the Virginia high school she attended into removing J.E.B. Stuart from its name.
Stuart was Major General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Moore joined with producer Bruce Cohen–who also attended Stuart High, located in Fairfax, VA–to launch a petition for the name change via Change.org. Their efforts come on the heels of an original push to change the name was launched after Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed nine black congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June.
According to The Washington Post, Moore said:
We name our buildings, monuments, and parks after exalted and heroic individuals as a way to honor them, and inspire ourselves to do better and reach for more in our own lives. It is reprehensible to me that in this day and age a school should carry and celebrate the name of a person who fought for the enslavement of other human beings.
Ironically, Moore is also a very outspoken supporter of gun control and was the celebrity face for Everytown for Gun Safety’s 2014 year-end fundraising campaign. Lost on her is the fact that gun control was one of the tools southern slave holders used to control and thereby preserve the very “enslavement of other human beings” she stands against.
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