Ceasing to honor Jefferson Davis, Mississippi public school renamed for Obama

Students at an elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi have elected to rename their institution in honor of the legitimately elected 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Via the Root:

According to NBC News, the Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., will now be called the Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary starting the beginning of the next school year, the school's PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, announced at a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.

Jefferson said that the name change came up after the issue was raised by a student.

"They know who [Davis] was and what he stood for," she said. "This has a great impact on them because [Obama] is who they chose out of anybody else they could. This is the person that the whole school supported. He was their No. 1 choice."

Jefferson said that the students at Davis, 98 percent of whom are black, selected Obama because they were alive during his presidency and felt that he shared and represented their principles.

There is no sense in honoring the men who attempted to split the United States so they could maintain the practice of slavery.