Johnston Should Rot In Hell

RECEIVED Wed., Aug. 13, 2008

Dear Editor,
    On Aug. 11, in the Johnston High School cafeteria, Dr. David Kernwein, the new principal, assured a meeting of parents, students, teachers, and community members that the name Johnston would never be used again. I was happy because Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston was a slave master who died in order to repress blacks. Before that, he led an expedition to kill Cherokee Indians, led the invasion of Monterrey, Mexico, and was in command in battles against the Mormons in Utah.
    I know that the school got its name when discrimination and segregation were legal, but to name a school where a majority of students are descendants of the people that Gen. Johnston fought so hard to repress is disgusting. To have the new principal lie to parents and students is unforgivable. I urge the descendants of slaves, survivors of the American Indian genocide, Mexicans who were oppressed, and believers of religious freedom to contact the AISD board and demand an end to the honoring of racist slave owners. May Gen. Johnston rot in hell.
Felipe Garza
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