A retired general said 30 US military bases are named after Confederate officers. He may have misspoken–or not. But it’s been known for a while that ten US Army bases are named after nine Confederate generals & one colonel who was also a state leader of the KKK.

Like the Confederate monuments, the bases were named in the early part of the 20th century long after the Civil War but also after Black Reconstruction had been decisively defeated & in the period of widespread racist violence, including Jim Crow laws in the South (apartheid), lynchings, & campaigns associating Blacks with cocaine use to whip up hysteria against them.

A few years ago, Army officials said they has no intention of renaming the bases because each was “named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history” & because the bases were named “in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.” The US Army has no idea what kind of reconciliation is coming due with those bases. There are millions who don’t just want them renamed but instead razed to the ground.