Chicago-area immigration activists are protesting a decision to rename an elementary school after former President Barack Obama because of the Democrat’s record on deporting illegal immigrants, even though the school is currently named after Thomas Jefferson.
The Waukegan, Illinois, Board of Education decided several weeks ago to rename two “controversially” named elementary schools, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School, over concerns that both historical figures supported the practice of slavery. “Renaming committees were formed for each school and included people in the community, students, and staff,” ABC Chicago reported earlier in 2020.
“After a group of more than 80 Jefferson students and community members petitioned the board in June to change the name there, board President Brandon Ewing pushed his colleagues to switch the names of both Jefferson and Webster middle school,” the Chicago Tribune added.
Similar efforts across the country have been met with varying levels of resistance. Many schools and buildings in the Chicago area have been