Latin activists protest against renaming schools in Illinois after Barak and Michelle Obama


Latin activists are pushing to keep things up President Barack ObamaNamed after the Illinois school building, the Wakigan Board of Education is trying to rename two schools, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School.

The board formed a school renaming committee named after Jefferson, who owned slaves, and Webster, who supported slavery. A committee of communities, students and staff has proposed adding Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama to the final list of new names under consideration at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Edgar Castellanos, a member of the District 60 Board of Education who came to the United States undocumented as a child, said, “To someone who does not represent or represent an undocumented community. By the way, I will not participate in changing the name of the school. ” ABC7 Chicago..

Activist Julie Contreras, who works with a group that runs shelters for undocumented children on the southern border, said President Obama did not keep his vows to help the immigrant community. We are organizing protests against appointing a school for the former president and first lady.

“From Barack Obama’s inauguration to his resignation in 2017, he is still the highest-ranking president in our country deported,” said Contreras, according to ABC 7. He denied us, and he did not stop deportation in the way he promised. “

“If we remove the name of one oppressor, Thomas Jefferson, Obama’s name is another oppressor, and our family doesn’t want to see that name,” Contreras said.

Members of the Latin community protested outside the conference door on Tuesday.

Brandon Ewing, chairman of the school board, said he had no personal objection to the use of Obama’s name, but “we must be aware of the concerns.”

According to the report, the name has not been finalized, but other participants in the conference are another running finalist, parliamentarian and civil rights icon to rename the school, John. I supported Lewis.

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