iStock Previously this week, the Hollywood City (Fla.) Commission voted to move on with strategies to alter streets named after Confederate generals, that, perhaps coincidentally or not, lie in the heart of the city’s African-American neighborhood.According to the Miami Herald,
the commission voted on two crucial steps. One measure will have the city waive its policy of performing a survey of residents that would be affected by the name change to prevent any stress. Commissioner Richard Blattner, who proposed the measure noted that if the commission takes the swimming pool and many people don’t want the street names changed, however they proceed with the name change anyway, it would look as if the commissioners are not taking residents’ opinions into consideration.
The second step, proposed by Vice mayor Traci Callari called for a dual-naming system for the streets over two years so people might get utilized to the new names, before the old names of “Lee,””Forrest” and “Hood” totally disappear.
The streets were named after Generals Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
The commission will vote on the general issue on Aug. 30.
“I’m anticipating celebrating on Aug. 30 when we finally vote on the street names officially being changed,”Esther Pereira, a citizen and a BlackLivesMatter activist informed the Herald.
“It is time to change the names and the time is now. Hollywood has a happy history as a multicultural and non-discriminatory city and we the commission have a responsibility to ensure that legacy to our homeowners in a consistent and timely manner,” Commissioner Debra Case said on Monday. “We should do the ideal thing. And we should do it now. In conclusion, I support the street name change of Forrest, Lee and Hood.”