Julianne Moore is putting her foot down!
Recently, the actress — along with friend and producer Bruce Cohen — created a change.org petition to rename their alma mater — J.E.B. Stuart High School — in Fairfax County, VA.
The school — founded in 1959 — was named after the Confederate general who fought to keep African Americans enslaved.
According to their petition, which has already racked up over 29,000 signatures:
“No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives.”
The moniker is only made worse by the school’s symbol: an image of Stuart waving the Confederate flag atop a horse.
Instead, the Oscar winner believes her education center should be named after civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
In a statement, she exclaimed:
“We name our buildings, monuments and parks after exalted and heroic individuals as a way to honor them, and inspire ourselves to do better and reach for more in our own lives. It is reprehensible to me that in this day and age a school should carry and celebrate the name of a person who fought for the enslavement of other human beings. I think the students of this school deserve better than that moniker.”
The impetus for this request was the recent Charleston shooting which claimed the lives of nine African Americans from an individual who openly wore the Confederate flag on his clothes.
We completely agree with Julianne’s words and we applaud her efforts in taking a stand against racism!
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