Jun 22, 2005

Sequoia Trumps Jefferson in Berkeley [LINK]

An effort has been underway in Berkeley, California, to change the name of Jefferson Elementary School because it was named after Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves. (Nothing else about him is important.) But the proposed new name — Sequoia Elementary — came under criticism because under Chief Sequoia's "rather barbaric" leadership in the early 19th century, the Cherokee nation also owned more than 1,500 black slaves. Defenders of the new name said it would not honor Native Americans, but rather the sequoia tree.

(via OpinionJournal)

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