There’s no denying Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee are both significant figures in American history. However, the reasons for that couldn’t be more at odds, and the implications of observing reverence for both men on the same holiday are troubling.

While history sometimes waters down how it happened by solely crediting the movement to Khayat's 1997 ban on sticks in the stadium, the backstory of how it all came about—and Tommy Tuberville's role in making it happen—is often overlooked.