Trump's Veterans Affairs secretary referred to Jefferson Davis as an "exceptional man in an exceptional age."
Davis Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi is named after Confederate General Jefferson Davis. Now, students, parents and teachers have voted to change the re-name their school after Barack Obama. But there’s a connection between the two men that will surprise you.
Nearly all the elementary school's students are black. It's currently named for Jefferson Davis.
As a recent Southern transplant, the glut of patriotic Confederate memorabilia was off-putting.
The violence they inflict and the fear they instill must not deter us from ensuring shrines to slavers and their ideological kin are removed.
New Orleans may tear down its Confederate monuments, but its oppressive institutions remain.
The Confederacy wasn't even a system of states' rights. It was this mentality that each and every rebellious legislator was a king, and knew better than anyone else. Every other legislator was an opponent standing in the way.
Whatever that political culture valued most highly, achieving good results clearly was not it. Now the same seems true of today's Republican Party, whose base lies in that same region. And how can one expect indifference to good results to lead to anything but damage to the nation?
"While every historical figure leaves a mixed legacy, I believe Jefferson Davis is in a separate category, and that it is not in the university's best interest to continue commemorating him on our Main Mall."