Re: Insults may be wiped off map
- Dah! I can't see this as anything but amusing. The N-word names, no
doubt back when they were named didn't mean anything bad. It's just
the simple-minded way the people of today think of such things. My
grandma had some black friends, but she didn't call them black, she
called them the N-word. They all knew what they were, it was simply
the name they and she knew they were. They lived in the south, and in
the country. They grew up together, they played together, they lived
close together, they got old together, and they died together. It
simply ment black skinned, no more, no less. If she were alive today
I believe she'd correct the ignorance about the N-words meaning
because she finished her schooling, unlike my grandpa. She said
grandpa didn't have a lot of schooling, and all he did was complain,
but he was real handy to have around the house, otherwise she'd a
sent that crabby old man a packin' long ago. Those old women that sat
outside playing cards out-lived their husbands, and I wonder why.
Could it be that they knew something we didn't? How stupid people are
today, perhaps they were smarter back then, and if they were not
smarter, they were surely wiser.
--- In email@example.com, "Stacy Wade Harris II"
> Wednesday, April 30, 2003 6:38AM EDT
> Insults may be wiped off map
> By LYNN BONNER, Staff Writer
> The names are jarring: Niggerskull Mountain, Nigger Head, Nigger
>Carolina's map those names and others using the racial epithet. "We
> An effort is under way in the General Assembly to wipe from North
want to get these off the record," said Rep. Alma Adams, a Greensboro
>replacements by July 1 and send them to Secretary of State Elaine
> A bill Adams sponsored would require county commissioners to devise
Marshall. Marshall would work with registrars of deeds, tax officials
and planning officials to change the names.
>endorsement from the House State Government Committee on Tuesday.
> The bill is headed for a vote of the full House after its unanimous
>would still exist in our state," said Rep. Joni Bowie, a Greensboro
> "I'm surprised, really, that this wasn't done before -- that this
>the racial epithet are in Western North Carolina. All are listed
> Six of the seven places listed in the bill with names containing
in "The North Carolina Gazetteer," a definitive list of places and
geographic features. Included in the bill are names for mountains in
Haywood, Jackson and Clay counties, a spring in Haywood County,
creeks in Union and Jackson counties and a bay in Currituck County.
>Carolina University who grew up in Asheville, said he has heard a
> Richard Starnes, an assistant professor of history at Western
mountain near his hometown called by its objectionable name as long
as he can remember. Such names are probably found most often in
western counties because the black population in there is small, he
>of the world," he said. "There was less pressure. To have something
> "We have the lowest per capita amount of black folks in this part
like that in Durham would be a lot different in terms of social and
>although the new monikers might not stick, at first.
> Public officials should move to change those names, he said,
>down," he said. "But I think for public officials to allow those
> "It's one of these difficult kinds of things to change from the top
kinds of place names to remain, then they're culpable in continuing
the cycle of using derogatory labels for groups and citizens."
>Indians in the Western United States are pushing to rename mountains
> The move to change the North Carolina names comes as American
and creeks called "squaw." Squaw is a derogatory term for a woman in
some Native American languages.
>teams the Squaws a few years ago, as a result of American Indians'
> A high school in Buncombe County stopped calling women's sports
objections. The athletes are now Lady Warriors.
>several other mountain counties, said he had not heard that people
> Rep. Phil Haire, a Democrat who represents Haywood, Jackson and
were offended by the names.
>people consider it offensive or not offensive."
> "It's just what it's always been," he said. "I don't know that
>on maps, others may have fallen out of use. Rep. Rex Baker said he
> Even though some of the names are so established that they appear
saw a map of Mount Jefferson State Park with one of the mountain
>had never heard of an offensively named spring that is supposed to be
> Bill D. Noland, the Haywood County commissioners' chairman, said he
in Haywood. And S. Paul O'Neal, commissioners' chairman in Currituck,
said he had never heard of a similarly named bay in his county.
>said. "But if there are places with names such as that, then they
> "I've never heard of it, and I live right on the sound," he
certainly should not continue with that name. I would hope that we've
moved beyond that."
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