The NAACP held a meeting at the Effingham County School Board to call for the local high school to stop using its rebel mascot. They felt it was supporting Confederacy overtones, notes WTOC.
“We should do better,” Pastor Franklin Blanks, Jr. said. “We cannot ignore this practice any longer. We ask you to do the respect of representing all citizens. Do what is fair and honest concerning this practice.”
However, one of the attendees claimed that Blanks was trying to erase his heritage and added that everything Blanks said was “racist,” which brought loud cheers from the audience.
One black woman who attended this meeting stood up for the school she went to and voiced her opinion to the racist NAACP request:
“I didn’t go to Effingham County School because of that rebel flag, that flag didn’t mean anything to me, It was a symbol a mascot for the school.” “That flag gave me the inspiration to fight, to do more in life; it’s a fighting thing,” and that statement generated a huge amount of applause and acceptance from the crowd.
School Superintendent Randy Shearouse said, “There is no way that mascot is going away.”
“Our kids get along great,” Shearouse insisted. “That’s what’s paramount. We want to be sure they have the best education possible.”
The school board didn’t vote on the issue but said they would decide at another time.
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