Editor: Letter-writer Dawn Dangel [“Good Riddance to Lee’s Name on School,” Letters June 20], I am quite sure that the “keep-the-name crowd” is not trawling for your pity.
To posit that they are just backward-thinking and tone-deaf is the kind of language a poor sport uses. Rather, they see the name of the school for what it was intended to convey: Unity; Washington-Lee (forgiveness); Generals (obvious); colors of blue and gray (togetherness).
The Civil War was a horror, no doubt, but to demonize any one individual for that horror is just plain ignorant. Take a peek at history and the actors before, during and after the war.
Now is the time for those of you who do not like, or hate, Robert E. Lee to cleanse the school of all vestiges of this purported taint. That would mean doing away with “Washington,” the “Generals” and the colors. (One cannot have his cake and eat it, too.)
Carolyn Ward, Arlington