Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Vows to Restore the Name of Fort Bragg Despite Controversy

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has vowed to restore the name of Fort Bragg, a military base in Fayetteville, North Carolina, if he is elected president.[0] The base was renamed Fort Liberty earlier this month by the Department of Defense’s Commission on the Naming of Items due to its links to the Confederacy and its former name’s association with a slave-owner.[1] Fort Bragg was named after Confederate Civil War general Braxton Bragg, who was also a slave-owner and considered a poor military leader.[2] However, DeSantis believes that the name Fort Bragg is iconic and should not be changed due to political correctness. He made the announcement during a speech at the North Carolina GOP convention.[1] Despite receiving cheers from the crowd, some critics have questioned the decision to name a military base after a Confederate general who owned slaves.

0. “DeSantis vows to ‘restore’ the name of Fort Bragg in North Carolina” Tyler Morning Telegraph, 12 Jun. 2023, https://tylerpaper.com/news/national/desantis-vows-to-restore-the-name-of-fort-bragg-in-north-carolina/video_46a0a4ab-6712-5dbb-b2f5-9ce90cbfe99e.html

1. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vows to restore name of Fort Bragg in North Carolina speech” Brunswick News, 10 Jun. 2023, https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/business/florida-gov-ron-desantis-vows-to-restore-name-of-fort-bragg-in-north-carolina-speech/article_d5ecf20e-ac51-5868-8e74-e3acd1047319.html

2. “Honoring a Confederate General Isn’t a Cancel Culture Hill to Die On” Yahoo News, 13 Jun. 2023, https://news.yahoo.com/honoring-confederate-general-isn-t-080048477.html

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