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A high school in San Antonio, Texas voted on Monday to change the school’s name from Robert E. Lee High School to LEE High School (despite many other great suggestions). LEE stands for Legacy of Educational Excellence. The move was intended to shed the high school of its ties to the Confederacy in the wake of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August. The name change, which keeps the LEE part, seemed like a way to placate everyone.
But some students, who presumably haven’t read about the Civil War yet, are really upset. They’re crying about the name change.
The internet’s reactions to the students crying about a name change were spot-on.
You would think Robert E Lee was their great uncle or something lmao pic.twitter.com/tjeXacEehE— STAR MAN (@StarMusic214) October 10, 2017
His own descendants said they don’t want monuments or anything named after him b/c they’re embarrassed by him. ¯_(ツ)_/¯— SINVERGÜENZA (@DeniseYLosDinos) October 10, 2017
me hearing the whining in this video pic.twitter.com/8XOnrnTE0L— Che ✊ (@CheReal85) October 10, 2017
She's crying. Real tears. For a school name? pic.twitter.com/Wa95yQ5flT— Ren (@RenJett) October 10, 2017
How I feel about it! pic.twitter.com/2jcJiiAI1Z— Ashonte' Wright (@ashontewright) October 11, 2017
Why would any teenagers even care this much about high school?
Imagine caring this much about high school https://t.co/ctCtEqhdEq— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) October 10, 2017
And anyway, as some pointed out… the name is still LEE.
See this is why incrementalism is wack. School made the weakest possible fix and they're still getting a reaction like this. Just go all in! https://t.co/yD810kCrsf— TGB (@twitersgoodboy) October 11, 2017
ITS LITERALLY STILL L.E.E. HS YOU'RE JUST NOT PRAISING A CONFEDERATE GENERAL CHILL TF OUT https://t.co/SBYL18Dk5O— Marshall Campbell (@marshallmellow6) October 10, 2017
Like the jersey will still say LEE and everything. How’s that for progress?
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.