Americans of all creeds and colors have been astonished in recent months by the surge of anti-racism activism that has erupted — aided, of course, by the helpful encouragement of the corporate media and the mysterious arrival of neat piles of bricks in downtown city crosswalks.
Of course, everyone is doing his, her, or their part.
The helpful folks at BeenVerified.com, the data collection company that lets angry ex-husbands locate the addresses and telephone numbers of their once-abused wives, sent out emails to the media announcing the creation of a national database of American monuments not yet torn down.
The virtuous editors of Popular Mechanics decided to run an article with detailed instructions on how to tear down monuments and statues of America’s founding racists, from Abraham Lincoln to the freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (both self-admitted and proud members of the white supremacist organization known the Republican Party).
The San Francisco-based Airbnb.com also has decided to use advanced surveillance technologies to promote social justice by launching Project Lighthouse, an initiative "to uncover, measure, and overcome discrimination when booking or hosting a home on Airbnb."
Not to be outdone in corporate virtue-signaling, school districts in places like California and New York are rushing to rename schools linked to America’s racist past, such as Washington and Jefferson.
But obviously, none of this really goes far enough.
What good is it to rename schools and eliminate monuments of a hate-filled racist like George Washington when there is an entire state named after the slave-owner?
I grew up in Washington State along the icy shores of Puget Sound, and I can attest that, in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, its citizens were more interested in raising their children and earning a living than they were in racial activism.
The election of a slate of young, woke socialist city council members in Seattle is a relatively recent development that strangely coincided with the arrival of the tech billionaires from Silicon Valley in California.
Other parts of Washington, such as the cowboy prairies around Spokane, aren’t really interested in racial politics — and are famously lacking in diversity.
As a result, we really should rename the State of Washington something more befitting the times — a neutral name that doesn’t honor a dead racist or misappropriate an oppressed people’s heritage.
Cascadia might do the trick. The separatist movement in the Pacific Northwest has proposed this name. It stems from the Cascade Mountain range that bisects Washington, with the soggy but woke western third of the state on one side and the racially oblivious eastern side on the other.
Yet Washington is hardly the only state offender that should change its name.
Americans are so systemically racist that they named 26 of the 50 states after Native American tribes, places or expressions.
The pilgrim settlers in Massachusetts, their hearts filled with hate and fanaticism, decided to name their state after the Native Americans living there.
The rancid white supremacists of Ohio decided to name their state using the Iroquois word meaning "beautiful." The hate-filled settlers of Texas chose their state name after the Caddo word meaning "friends."
Hawaii, of course, was the name that its first Polynesian settlers (who likely arrived in the 400s from the Marquesas Islands) gave it — yet because the American and Japanese colonizers who arrived later decided to keep this traditional name when they applied for statehood in the 1950s, it should probably be changed, too.
I might recommend something like "North Tahiti" or "Even Newer Zealand."
At least 10 states are named after dead white men and, in two cases, dead white women.
Georgia was named after King George II.
New York was named after the Duke of York.
North and South Carolina were named after Charles I of England and Virginia after Queen Elizabeth of England (the "Virgin Queen").
No, it is clear that, as leading Democrats inform us, "we have a racist society from top to bottom," and that to truly stamp out "systemic" white supremacy we must eliminate every trace of our European heritage.
In short, if we should tear down all the monuments that honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, we should do the same to state names as well.
Only this will show future generations just how "awokened" and full of righteous madness we truly are.
Robert J. Hutchinson writes about the intersection of politics and ideas. He is the author of numerous books of popular history, including, most recently, "What Really Happened: The Death of Hitler" (Regnery, 2020). Read Robert J. Hutchinson's Reports — More Here.
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