I graduated from Lee High School in San Antonio, TX.
Lee High School Alma Mater
We all hail† to thee and thy name forever,
Robert E. Lee High;
Your Red and Gray will always wave
As will your banner fly;
Our hearts and loyalty remain forever
In your hallowed halls;
Your majesty will show the way.
There are no other peers
Your fame and glory will not die.
Robert E. Lee throughout the years!
One hundred and twenty six years after the end of the Civil War. During my sophomore year our mascot was downgraded from â€˜Rebelâ€™ to â€˜Volunteerâ€™. However, the Confederate flag was still our official symbol. Painted and printed on every wall, poster, pom-pom, and on the faces of enthusiastic attendees of pep-rallies. We had three different dance teams: Rebel Rousers, Dixie Drillers, and Confederates. I even had a flag sewn on the front of my SpeedosÂ® blasted across my crotch for the swim team and another flag on my skin cap.
My senior year, a small faction of black football players refused to don their jerseys emblazoned with the â€œBars and Stripesâ€? on their chest. Other students rallied behind them. Our demographics were divided into four major ethnicities: 60% Hispanic, 29% White, 8% Black, 2% Asian, and Ninook Sealslayer the Eskimo (or Inuit for the PC-people).
The football players who came forward stated that opposing players from the west side all black high schools were hitting them harder and threatening their lives. They were even getting tackled when they were on defense without possession of the ball. Concerned for their safety, they refused to play again until the flag was removed from their uniform.
The Daughters of the Confederacy pleaded to the school board that the flag represented the tradition of the South and paid homage to a great man who attended West Point.
The KKK came and set up camp in the parking lot. Things got heated when they vandalized the church next door. They spray painted a cryptic message, â€˜Nigers Go Homeâ€™. The church left it up to show their ignorance for the English language.
The students against the flag used the analogy comparing the Confederate flag to the Nazi flag.
They invented this scenario:
Imagine the school was named Erwin Rommel High School in honor of the distinguished German Field Marshal. The mascot was the Desert Fox and the school flag was the very recognizable, satanic red, black and white Nazi flag. Now imagine, you are young 15 year old Jewish boy named Ned Finklestein forced to play defensive end with a swastika on your chest. What do you think would happen to Ned?
First of all, fuck the Confederacy, fuck the KKK, and fuck Bobby Lee!
I canâ€™t connect with this analogy. Jews arenâ€™t renowned as football players. Football owners but not football players. Nedâ€™s father would had made a few phone calls to the superintendent and the board of trustees and gotten the name changed. Done and done.
Perhaps, if they had invented Antonio LÃ³pez de Santa Anna High School and had me imagine how it would feel to be a 15 year old redneck named Tex Alamo with a Mexican flag on your jersey and you had to play against David Crockett High School.
Now thatâ€™s something I could imagine.
Jeez, thatâ€™s horrible.
If you don’t believe me?
Read a forum I created on MySpace with Robert E. Lee alumni about the “KKK Incident”
† I always felt comfortable “hailing” to a Confederate flag