The Atlanta Institute, which took the name Hank Aaron, expels the name of the Ku Klux Klan leader
Take that, racists.
Hank Aaron has been given the same name as a great baseball titan at an institute in Atlanta, deleting the name of a founding member of the Ku Klux Clan.
An alternative high school, originally named Forrest Hill Academy after General Confederate and original Ku Klux Klan chief wizard Nathan Bedford in Forrest, will be led by Hank Aaron of New Beginnings Academy starting next school year.
The school refused a neighborhood policy five years before a person was killed to wait to change the name of a building.
Hank Aaron, who died in January at the age of 86, is remembered as one of the greatest in the history of baseball, relaxing comfortably on Mount Rushmore in the sport. One of the most important baseball sluggers, Aaron ended his career with 755 home runs, breaking Babe Ruth’s long-standing record and being a strong character in the civil rights movement.
Aaron suffered racial oppression during his 23-year career and was born as a sports titan.
Forrest’s claims to infamy are not only KKK’s first main wizard, but also the inspiration for the name Forrest Gump in the same book adapted from a slave trade and later a film.
Really, that begs the question: what are we doing in the world to name things KKK leaders? And, no, it’s not “heritage,” not in 2021.
The school district came together, voting unanimously, to name the school in honor of Aaron. The name change has also prompted the local community to change the name of the street from Forrest Hill Drive.
“Names matter,” the chief executive said Jason Esteves said.