Amid widespread protests and civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death last month, a renewed push by some Democratic lawmakers is underway to remove statues and monuments depicting Confederate leaders.
In response to an effort to rename military bases named after these divisive historical figures, however, President Donald Trump was adamant that he “will not even consider” such a proposal, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Magnificent and Fabled”
Fort Hood in Texas, which was named after Confederate General John Bell Hood, serves as the home to the 1st Calvary Division. It is among 10 bases facing increased demand for a name change, as USA Today reports.
No matter the origin of this or any other base’s name, Trump dismissed the calls to rename them, claiming that they have “become part of a Great American Heritage” that should not be altered.
“The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars,” he tweeted this week. “Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”
…Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2020
Some within the nation’s military ranks, however, are apparently at odds with the commander in chief over this issue.
“Open to a bipartisan discussion”
In April, for example, the U.S. Marine Corps initiated a new policy banning the Confederate flag. Earlier this week, the Navy announced its plans to follow suit with a similar policy of its own.
As for the Army, a spokesperson said that the branch is “open to a bipartisan discussion on renaming bases.”
It remains to be seen whether this movement will gain enough traction to result in renamed bases across the U.S., but it is clear that this is not the only Confederacy-related discussion taking place among the nation’s elected officials.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has requested that nearly a dozen statues representing Confederate figures be removed from the Capitol building, according to Roll Call.
The debate about how to remember this painful chapter of American history has raged for generations, but the current climate appears to have pushed such disagreements to the forefront.