Monday, October 19, 2020

A Good Job

 Thanks to Madeline Gearhart and Tristan Fangman. These two seniors in Topeka decided to do a little digging. Rumors about the founder of Seaman High in Topeka have persisted for years. Fred Seaman was alleged to be a member of the KKK back during the resurgence one hundred years ago. 

When ever it was brought up, it was dismissed as just a rumor. Madeline and Tristan decided to do some digging. what they found was clear and convincing evidence that Fred had been not just a member, but a leader of the Klan in Topeka.

A push is on now to change the name of the school. While I favor changing the name, I don't want Fred Seaman to be swept into the dustbin of history. In 1925 membership in the Klan was not a shameful thing. Fred's conduct was known by many, and not just other members of the Klan. hen sentiment shifted against the Klan, that is when things began to be swept under the rug.

The students need to demand that a plaque be set remembering him. It should read in part;

"This building, formerly known as Seaman High School was founded by Fred Seaman, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Topeka in 1920. The school was renamed XXX after Fred's history was brought to light in 2020. "

Twenty years from now people may again be in the not caring mood. Then there might be a push to change the name back as history will diminish the memory of Fred Seaman's past association with the enforcement arm of the democrat party.

Maybe they can call it Fangman and Gearhart high School.

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