Let’s Rename the U.S. Army Installations That Honor Confederate Officers

TIME

In the wake of the Charleston, S.C., shootings and efforts to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouses and businesses, TIME reporter Mark Thompson raised the question as to why 10 different U.S. Army installations were named after Confederate officers. I have long questioned this practice and think it’s about time it changes.

In response to queries, the Army Public Affairs Office came out with a truly vacuous response: “Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history. Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.”

Each line of this statement rightfully opens the door for a barrage of criticism…

“Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history.”

Can’t we have a higher standard? We don’t have…

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