High School Runner Refuses To Wear Jersey With Robert E. Lee’s Name
Trude Lamb, a 16-year-old star cross country runner in Texas, said she will no longer wear her high school jersey, as it bears the name of Robert E. Lee.
- According to the New York Post, Lamb was adopted from Ghana in 2014 and is an incoming sophomore at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas.
- The jersey is emblazoned with “Tyler Lee,” as the Post noted: “Tyler stands for the Tyler Independent School District, of which the school is a member, and Lee stands for the school’s full name.”
- In a recent letter to the school board, obtained by CNN, Lamb “wrote that she can’t reconcile playing sports for a school named after Lee.”
“I love and enjoy the sports I play at REL,” she wrote. “I can’t be playing sports, supporting, and going to a school that was named after a person who was against my people right here in the United States. He owned slaves and didn’t believe people like me were 100% human let alone ever go to my very high school.”
- The report also note that the school song also glorifies the Confederate general: “Robert E. Lee, we raise our voice in praise of your name. May honor and glory e’er guide you to fame.”
Lamb is not the first to push for a renaming of the school, but her letter has placed the issue back in the news.
The Post reported that members of the community “pushed for the board to change the school’s name back in 2018, but when no one seconded the motion at the school board meeting, things didn’t go any further, according to local reports.”
Lamb’s adoptive mother, Laura Owens, said her daughter has taken some heat on social media for her outspokenness on the issue.
“Some of the comments have been ‘I bet she’s being put up to this. I bet she’s being paid,’ things like that,” she said. “A small percentage have been encouraging and affirming, especially some from her teachers from Robert E. Lee — they’re amazing.”