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Old 05-16-2017, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Wade Hampton III was a Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army and one of the largest slaveholders in the Southeast before the Civil War, owning around 3,000 slaves. After the war, he became governor of South Carolina with the help of the Redshirts, a paramilitary group that worked to suppress African-American voters in the South. During his campaign, an estimated 150 African-Americans were killed while attempting to vote. As governor, Wade Hampton got to work raising legal funds for the Ku Klux Klan and promoting segregation and racist policies in our great state. He was known to “regret the use” of African-American troops to occupy South Carolina after it rejoined the Union.

In Greenville, South Carolina, a school is named after him. Wade Hampton High School has a minority enrollment of 39%, and a student body of around 1,500. In the student handbook, it explains the significance of the school's namesake: scholarship, heritage, involvement, and values. It is the heritage and values that are concerning to minority students at Wade Hampton High, because the essential question is this: whose values? In this case, the values exemplified by Wade Hampton. Racism, bigotry, and a blatant lack of patriotism. These are not values of South Carolinians and should not continue to be enshrined in a place of learning . The Wade Hampton handbook also goes on to describe that at Wade Hampton High, “We take great pride in our history and heritage.” The question again must be posed of whose heritage, and the answer? The heritage of slaveholders and Confederates in South Carolina, not students at the school. Wade Hampton’s heritage is not that of the school population simply because it includes the ownership of human beings.

In South Carolina, we love our country. Wade Hampton did not. He fought to destroy it.

In South Carolina, we treat everyone with respect. Wade Hampton did not.

In South Carolina, we remember our history, but we do not glorify racists and slaveholders.

In South Carolina, we remember honorable men. Men who fought to make our cities and states better. There is one Greenvillian that stands high above the rest: a man of honor, or vision, and of courage.

That man is Max Heller.

Max Heller was a former mayor of Greenville, and he laid the foundation for the beautiful city Greenville is today. He was a man with integrity, and a man who fought back against vicious anti-Semitic attacks. Max Heller created a better Greenville for all residents, and is the very opposite of General Wade Hampton -- Mayor Heller was a man who loved his country, who fought to make Greenville more inclusive, and who strived to better it. Wade Hampton chose to divide it.

By signing this petition, you stand with the minority students at Wade Hampton High School and reaffirm the need to leave the school’s racist and unpatriotic name behind us, refusing to honor a man who bought and sold human beings and was a traitor to his country.

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Old 05-16-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Greenville
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If you're going to change the school name then you might as well change all things named Wade Hampton. This will get interesting to see how far this name changing goes...
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Wade Hampton Boulevard has been around longer than Wade Hampton High School, and the surrounding area is called Wade Hampton.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Greenville
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Wade Hampton Boulevard has been around longer than Wade Hampton High School, and the surrounding area is called Wade Hampton.
Either way, If the Name and person offends people so badly then it only makes sense to eradicate it from every place and thing that bears the name Wade Hampton. Good luck finding a name that won't offend someone.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:57 AM
 
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Did Greenville County Schools for some period of time not name schools after anyone?
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:42 AM
 
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I graduated from Stonewall Jackson High..

Should that school name be changed?

Jackson owned slaves.. Most of them, the slaves requested he purchase them. He allowed them to work towards their freedom. He taught Sunday school classes for slaves.

For a time, I went to James W Robinson high.. That is probably offensive to Vietnamese Americans.. Should that school name be changed? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_W._Robinson_Jr.

What about statues of General Sherman? In some eyes, he could be viewed as a war criminal. He actually supported slavery... Didn't believe blacks were equals to whites.. Not at all dissimilar to Wade Hampton. But he fought for the Union.. Shouldn't the statues of him come down? Change the name of schools named after him?
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:02 AM
 
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I heard people want the name changed to Max Heller, Greenvilles most famous mayor. I personally dont care for "Wade Hampton", but good luck getting that changed around here.

Just from a cost standpoint, having to change signs, jerseys, apparel and merchandise, refloor the gym, repaint the walls, etc. Cant see the district doing it.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'The Waterfall City'
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I don't think most people in Greenville care one way or another what the school is called. Most people probably don't even know who Wade Hampton is, and Wade Hampton never lived in Greenville.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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I don't think most people in Greenville care one way or another what the school is called. Most people probably don't even know who Wade Hampton is, and Wade Hampton never lived in Greenville.
We know now if we didn't.
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'The Waterfall City'
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We know now if we didn't.
I wonder if the people who want to change the name also call for changing the name of the party Wade Hampton belonged to. That party supported slavery, the Civil war, lynching, segregation, Jim Crow, and the KKK, and it is still listed on ballots in elections today. The people who chose the name Wade Hampton High School belonged to this party.

An analogy would be Germany still having a party that goes by National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi).

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