A public school in Mississippi is going to be renamed Barack Obama Magnet IB. The school currently known as Jefferson Davis is being renamed in homage to the former President.
With a 98% black school population the move is seen as an attempt to inspire the next generation to follow in the footsteps of the former President who was America’s first black president.
Davis magnet President Janelle Jefferson noted that the change was meant “to reflect a person who fully represents the ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”
The move is meant as an inspiration for the children who attend and offers them a positive black role model and someone they can aspire to be like. Obama is well thought of in the black community unlike his successor current President Donald Trump. Trump has been roundly criticized for his poor handling of race issues. In the early days of his campaign he was already being taken to task for his potentially racist ideas and his happiness to create divisions between America’s different communities.
Trump’s approach appears to be the antithesis of Obama’s who looked to be as inclusive as possible during his presidency. Certainly among America’s minorities Obama enjoys significant praise for his work and skills as a gifted orator. Trump has been maligned for his bullish approach and heavy handed maxim’s with the media showing a stark contrast from previous presidents.
The name change will take effect in the 2018-2019 school year and it remains to be seen how good the reaction will be in the wider world, but given his popularity with the community it’s highly likely to meet approval with the local community. The name was strongly approved by the school’s board with board President Camille Simms noting that she “wholeheartedly agreed with the name.”