Personally, I don’t anything about the names of buildings. If local residents want to rename a building after Barack Obama, as some in a town in NJ want to do, I’m fine with it as long as it doesn’t cost me any money.
The thing of it is, the name change won’t do one thing for blacks. They won’t get a better education. The high school dropout rate won’t change. Black-on-black violence won’t be diminished. Out of wedlock births will continue. The welfare rolls will be maintained.
If so-called black leaders want to help the black community, they should begin at a more foundational level. The policies of Barack Obama and liberals in general have hurt black families and black neighborhoods.
But the black “community” will feel they’ve accomplished something, but it will all be “full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
“The Willingboro Council will take public input, at its next meeting, on changing the name of a township building from the John F. Kennedy Center to the Barack Obama Center.
“The Center opened as John F. Kennedy High School in 1966 but now is used mostly as a recreation center. Since it’s undergoing renovations, some council members thought it would be a good time to rename the building in honor of the current president.
“They introduced and passed a resolution to do so at last week’s meeting, but residents who learned about it later protested that they should have had a say.
Mayor Eddie Campbell agrees. Even though he supports the name change, he voted no because he wanted to give residents time to weigh in.”
When JFK was assassinated, there were a lot of JFK this and JFK that renaming going on. The biggest one was Cape Canaveral.
“From 1963 to 1973, the area had a different name when US President Lyndon Johnson by executive order renamed the area ‘Cape Kennedy’ after President John F. Kennedy who had set the goal of landing on the moon. After Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, suggested to President Johnson that renaming the Cape Canaveral facility would be an appropriate memorial. Johnson recommended the renaming of the entire cape, announced in a televised address six days after the assassination.”
In 1973, the Florida Legislature passed a law restoring the Canaveral name. “The Kennedy family issued a letter stating they ‘understood the decision.’ NASA’s Kennedy Space Center retains the ‘Kennedy’ name.”
As an aside, this goes to show you that executive orders are not written in stone if government officials have the will to act.
A similar name-change frenzy happened after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. What did the name changes accomplish? Nothing. I’ve heard that any street named after MLK is to be avoided because they are often high crime rate areas.
Liberal do-gooders and busy bodies who believe they know what’s best for the disenfranchised want the owner of the Washington Redskins to change the name of the team.
In what way will changing the name help America’s Native American population? Nothing will change. The protestors will move on to their next project like forcing the University of Mississippi to drop its “Ole Miss” nickname and Rebel mascot.
In the end, resentment will build on both sides, the government will get bigger, and liberty will be squelched by a new set of laws that demand we comply or else.