South Carolina: Push to Name Street After Barack Obama, Not Confederate General

Former US President Barack Obama attends the Oslo Business Forum on September 26, 2018. (Photo by Fredrik HAGEN / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo credit should read FREDRIK HAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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An activist in Greenville, South Carolina, has launched a campaign to rename a street honoring Confederate general Wade Hampton after former President Barack Obama.

Activist Bruce Wilson, the founder of Fighting Injustice Together, says he launched the petition because he believes the street’s name “goes against the values of the new south.”

Hampton, a former governor of the Palmetto State is said to have been at one time one of the largest land and slave owners in the southern U.S., notes History.com.

“Society dictates, and the New South demands the extrication of white supremacy and as such it would be fitting to rename ‘Wade Hampton Blvd’ after this nations First African American President ‘Barack Obama,’” the petition states.

“Through this physical signage, every child that passes by; regardless [of] race can see and relate that ‘No dream is too far fetched!’ ” it reads.

As of the time of this writing, 118 people have signed the petition.
Wilson told FOX Carolina that he plans to hold a rally in support of the effort, though no details on the potential event have been released.

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