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U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown calls for forts honoring Confederates to be renamed following Trump’s refusal

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, is calling for forts named after Confederate leaders and soldiers to be renamed after President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday evening that he would not rename them.

Forts, such as Fort Bragg, Fort Benning and Fort Hood, have come under scrutiny as Americans continue to grapple with systemic racism. The bases are among 10 identified as named after Confederate generals.


The 10 bases are Forts Bragg, Benning, Hood, Fort Lee, Fort Gordon, Fort Polk, Fort Pickett, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Rucker and Camp Beauregard.

In a series of three tweets, the president announced that his administration will not consider renaming them. Trump wrote that soldiers that trained on these bases fought in both World Wars is a reason for not changing the names.


However, not all bases were established for both World Wars. Fort Gordon, as an example, was established in 1941, as was Fort A.P. Hill.

Fort Bragg was established in September 1918, a month before World War I ended.

In his statement, Brown said that forts that bear the names of Confederate leaders and soldiers serve as a reminder of systemic oppression.

“Removing these names is another step in an honest accounting of our history and an expression that we continue to strive to form a more perfect union,” Brown said in the statement. “The Commander in Chief’s defense of racists, who betrayed their country and stood for disunion and oppression, is a slap in the face to the Black soldiers he leads and shows – yet again – his unfitness for duty.”