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TOPIC: Racial slurs still used in town names

Racial slurs still used in town names 01 Nov 2015 20:53 #8329

  • Paula G.
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With all the recent controversies about racist symbols and names being upheld in the name ‘tradition,’ Vocativ recently did a study about racial slurs still prevalent in place names around the country. Out of the 2.2 million official names of locations listed in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System, it was found that about 1,441 federally recognized places across the nation include slurs in their official name. A majority of the names contain slurs directed towards African-Americans and Native-Americans. Examples include ‘Dead Negro Spring’ and ‘Squaw Tits,’ the term “squaw” being the most common term used, appearing in 828 location names. Though the connotation of the word is debated many activists and Native Americans argue it is a white degradation of the Mohawk word for vagina and considered to be the most offensive term that can be used for Native American women.
Many examples of slurs directed at Chinese-Americans and Italian Americans had appears in names as well. In the west there are about 30 names containing the term “Chinaman,” examples being ‘Chinaman Hat’ and ‘Old Chinaman.’
Personally I really don’t understand why people insist on keeping these names. Yes there’s the matter of tradition and history, but is the degradation contained in the name really something to be so proud of, you want it to banner your town.
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Racial slurs still used in town names 02 Nov 2015 14:59 #8354

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Whoa I never knew something like this existed. I wonder what is going on in the minds of people who are defending these name. Even for tradition sake it doesn't make sense. Why defends something so nasty and why would these people want to live in a place with names like those? The bigger question is who thought these were good names for a street to begin with?
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