Researching a recent Vocativ analysis of 2.2 million U. S. Geological Survey’s Geologic Names Information System shows 1,441 federally recognized U.S. location names containing racial slurs.
I bet that, in today’s politically correct environment, elected officials will be racing faster than Olympic athletes to change these names so as to be even more politically correct.
In today’s wake of a nationwide backlash against Confederate symbols and President Barack Obama’s recent decision to restore the Native American name of this nation’s highest mountain, we now see California Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law Assembly Bill 30, The California Racial Mascots Act removing “Redskins” from California schools.
However, Brown vetoed a separate measure, which would have banned public properties from being named after individuals associated with the Confederacy. So, if you’re offended by the rebel flag and all of its history, then too bad. But you can sleep soundly knowing that there will be no more “Redskins” in California.
What happened to the adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me”? Today’s government, from the bottom to the top, seems to care more about the appropriateness of touchy-feely issues rather than kick-starting this nation back to its glory days!
Bill Dunn, Fresno