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Atlanta high school renamed after Hank Aaron, avoids name of Ku Klux Klan leader

Take this, racists.

An Atlanta high school is renamed after the great baseball titan Hank Aaron, erasing the name of a founding member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The alternative high school, originally named Forrest Hill Academy in honor of the Confederate General and original Ku Klux Klan wizard, Nathan Bedford Forrest, will now pass through Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy starting next school year.

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The school has abandoned the district’s policy of waiting five years after a person’s death to rename a building.

Hank Aaron, who died in January at the age of 86, is known as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, resting comfortably on the sport’s Mount Rushmore. One of baseball’s quintessential sloths, Aaron ended his career with 755 home runs, smashing Babe Ruth’s longtime record, and was a key figure in the civil rights movement.

Aaron faced racial oppression throughout his 23-year career and became a sports titan.

Forrest’s claims of infamy are the KKK’s first great wizard, slave trader, and the inspiration for the name Forrest Gump in the eponymous book later adapted into a film.

Really, this begs the question: what the hell do we do to name things after the leaders of the KKK? And no, it’s not about “heritage”, not 2021.

The school district agreed, voting unanimously to rename the school in Aaron’s honor. The name change also inspired the local community to change the name of the street name to Forrest Hill Drive.

“Names matter,” said Jason Esteves, Chairman of the Board.





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