A columnist for The Washington Post published an Op-Ed Monday arguing that the newspaper needs to drop the “Washington” from its name because George Washington, after whom the paper is indirectly named, owned slaves.
Marc Thiessen goes on to give a bitingly sarcastic analysis of the Post as a “symbol of oppression” that finds its way to the inboxes of hundreds of thousands of people each morning.
“Sure, George Washington also emancipated his slaves in his will, won our independence and became the father of our country — but no matter. It is an outrage that this paper continues to bear the name of such a man,” Thiessen wrote. “It is time to rename The Washington Post!”
The Jefferson Memorial, the city of Arlington, which is named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s estate, and different military bases named after Confederate soldiers are among the examples Thiessen uses to illustrate all of the things that would need to be renamed if “self-righteous liberals” continue attempts to “wipe away history.”
Just like Joseph Stalin once erased people from photographs, we’re now erasing people from our collective history.
These historical purges are not only wrong, they are also completely unnecessary. If you want to see where race relations are in the South, just look at how the people of Charleston, S.C., reacted to the shootings at Emanuel AME Church. There were no race riots. The city didn’t burn. People came together — black and white — to mourn and heal together. The white mayor of Charleston joined hands with the state’s black senator and its Indian American governor to pray. Thousands of people of all races, creeds and colors formed a “unity chain ” that stretched two miles across the Ravenel Bridge to honor those who died.
On Friday, pro golfer Bubba Watson announced that he would paint over the Confederate flag on top of “The General Lee” car from the television show “Dukes of Hazzard,” because he didn’t want to offend anyone.
“After all of the controversy and everything, I don’t want to offend anybody,” Watson told ESPN. “The car is American history, so why not put the American flag on it?”
The calls to rename public buildings even reached to Progressive icon Woodrow Wilson last week after a high school teacher in Oregon started lobbying to have Woodrow Wilson High School’s name changed.
The teacher, Hyung Ham, sent this foul-mouthed tweet with a link to a Politico story detailing Wilson’s love for the Ku Klux Klan.
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