Actress Julianne Moore joins the fight to remove the Confederate name off of her old high school

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How Racist Is the Confederate Flag?

The Confederate flag has certainly been a hot button topic these past few months.

Back in June, the battle over the flag erupted as nine black parishioners were killed in a shooting at a Charleston, S.C. church. The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, had appeared in photographs with Confederate flags sparking outrage and backlash.

Joining the fight for the removal of Confederate symbolism is Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore. Moore has joined a fight to change the name of her old high school, which honors Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.

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Along with Bruce Cohen, Hollywood mega-producer, Moore wrote in a petition that the county school board in Fairfax, Va., should rename the high school after the Supreme Court's first African-American justice, Thurgood Marshall. The two write that flag was removed from places like their basketball courts and letterman jackets in 2001, but the symbol of Stuart waving the flag still remains.

The petition is currently 29,387 signatures and only needs 5,613 to reach their goal of 35,000.

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