BATON ROUGE, La. — A viral video online shows a Louisiana school board member being chastised by a community member who called the elected official arrogant and racist.
During an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting Thursday, officials encouraged community members to explain why they believed a local school should be renamed and to suggest alternate names. The school in question, Lee High School, was named in honor of Confederate general Robert. E. Lee. In Baton Rogue, where more than 50% of residents are black, many people have criticized the name, saying it memorializes a man who owned hundreds of slaves.
Ahead of Thursday’s meeting, Connie Bernard, a school board member, defended the school’s name and told community members who supported the change to “learn a little bit more about” the historical figure.
“General Lee inherited a large plantation, and he was tasked with the job of doing something with those people who lived in bondage to that …