by Timothy Lane 1/13/16
Reading an article that discussed the Black Shakedowns Matter activists at Lebanon Valley University complaining about a building named after a former, long-term president of the college because his name was Lynch, which has bad implications for black people (who nevertheless don’t seem to object to Attorney General Loretta Lynch at all), I got to thinking about the liberal objection to unpleasant names.
Of course, we all recall the big foofaraw about the Washington Redskins by the professionally outraged (most of them whites who live to find things to complain about). Of course, as liberals increasingly seek to eliminate politically incorrect names (usually having to do with race), one wonders how long it will be before they object to the “Washington” as much as they do the “Redskins”. Already we see Demagogues in a number of states changing the name of their big annual party bash because it honors the party’s founders, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson — both slave-owners. And Jackson killed a lot of redskins in his day (and they weren’t football players).
Nothing is too obscure to attract the Goodthinkful Welldoers’ attention. A small California town had been named Fort Bragg after the commander of a regular artillery battery who became famous for his performance at Buena Vista. But that isn’t — yet — their reason for complaint (though in time it will be). The problem is that Bragg was a southerner who later retired for a while to a plantation with the usual supply of slaves. And then he became a Confederate general — though his performance there at times resembles Jubilation T. Cornpone from the Li’l Abner musical more than it does Robert E. Lee (also a target now, as any Dukes of Hazzard fan will know).
One interesting example, many years back, was the New York town of Fishkill. The “kill” comes from a Dutch word for a river, also seen in the Schuylkill River, the Kill van Kull, and the town of Peekskill. But hyper-sensitive animal rights activists were unhappy with the name even though it had nothing to do with actually killing any fish.
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly — and liberals gotta find something to be outraged about.
Timothy Lane writes from Louisville, Kentucky and publishes the FOSFAX fanzine.
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