08.19.2020

Want to Dismantle Racist Landmarks and Namesakes? Looks Like We Missed a Big One

Want to Dismantle Racist Landmarks and Namesakes? Looks Like We Missed a Big One

In Birmingham, AL, demonstrators took down a statue of Confederate captain Charles Linn. A Christopher Columbus statue was beheaded and removed in Boston. In England, a statue of a 17th-century slave trader was thrown into Bristol Harbor. All around the world, statues have been crumbling (cue Sugar Ray's "Fly"). Why? Because they represent legacies of racism, oppression, and violence. And it's not just statues of problematic white guys that are being reconsidered; buildings, landmarks, and parks are, too. The University of Oregon has announced it will rename a building named after racist legislator Matthew Deady, a slew of geologic features in Colorado are on the renaming block (including the disturbingly named Chinaman Gulch), and the citizens of Nevada are trying to rename a neighborhood park named after a former US senator who believed racial diversity was harmful to society (wrong, you were). If you're in this fight to dismantle white supremacy, then removing them is a no-brainer. However, it seems we've missed a big one: New York has a state park named after Donald J. Trump.

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