Booker T

Another example where you really have to ask “what were they thinking?”

Some rich person named Nancy Hamon donated a zillion dollars to help renovate The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and in recognition of that the school district decided to name the new part the “Hamon Arts Magnet“.  The problem is that “Arts Magnet” is one of the names commonly used to refer to the whole school, and the name Hamon Arts Magnet sounds like an attempt to push the Booker T. Washington name into the background.

The Booker T name is an important one.  Up until the 1940s or 50s that was the ‘black part of town’, before it was paved over for Woodall Rogers and Booker T is one of the few remaining vestiges.  Even if segregation is officially over a lot of people feel ties to the school.

Having a Hamon building or wing at Booker T would be OK but a big sign on the side of the building that says “Hamon Arts Magnet” looks suspiciously like they’re trying to take away a part of the black community and name it after a rich white person.

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