Petition launched to rename Florida’s Lee County to Bruce Lee County

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The name change will “continue the fight to eradicate racism in the United States”

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A petition has been started to name a county in Florida after Bruce Lee.

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Lee County is named after Civil War Union General Robert E. Lee, although the petition suggests that renaming it after the martial arts icon would “continue the fight to eradicate racism in the United States”.

“It’s time to stop idolizing these Confederate soldiers,” change.org The page — which was started by Florida-based organization Artsemble Underground — states. “Ending racism involves the removal of racist figures, statues and statues in the South.”

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It adds: “One of the biggest issues about renaming a county is the high cost involved, but what if the cost would be much lower, and most of it would just be changing the narrative?”

Bruce Lee in ‘Enter the Dragon’ Credit: AF Collection/Alamy Stock Photo

The petition states that Bruce Lee “bridged the gap between East and West” and helped “change the way Asian people are presented in American films”.

“We’re not trying to change our past, we’re trying to better our future, and what better way than to use an inspiring, positive influencer as our name,” it said. concluded.

The petition is seeking 1,000 signatures, and has already gained 500 supporters at the time of writing.

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee. credit: Collections Christoffel / Alamy Stock Photo

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“Robert E. Lee never set foot in our county. He has nothing to do with this place,” said Artsemble Underground owner Brian Weaver.

The county was originally named Fort Myers in 1887 under civilian and Confederate captain Francis Hendry. lee too owner of hundreds of slaves at one point.

Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino recently caused controversy with his portrayal of Bruce Lee. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, after his version of the star loses the fight to Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth in the film.

At a press conference in Moscow, Tarantino called Lee “a kind of arrogant man”, the audience retaliated, and Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee responded (via) Diversity🙂 : “He can shut up about it. That would be really cool.

“Or he could apologize or he could say, ‘I really don’t know what Bruce Lee was like. I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be considered how he really was.'”

However, Tarantino defended his decision in response to the backlash.

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