I read two articles in the Bakersfield Californian on Sunday, July 12. Both of these articles supported changing the 63-year history of South High School.
I attended South High School from 1957 to 1960 (always the upper class) and was a member of the first graduating class. Before the school actually opened, the incoming students voted on the names of the athletic teams, selected the school colors, etc.
We opted for Cardinal Blue and Grey as our school colors and Rebels, Raiders and Riders as the team names. Because we were South High School, these names were deemed to be appropriate. The thought that they represented or referred to slavery is ludicrous.
The Civil War is a part of the history of the United States of America and cannot be erased by destroying statues or by changing the names of businesses or sports teams. I am totally against any effort to change the names of the South High School teams or the school colors.
Karene R. Williams
Lake Isabella, CA