Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Hollywood, Florida moves to change Confederate street names.

The above is a link to an article about the name change, to drop the Confederate general names for three streets, in Hollywood, Florida. According to the article the streets, "lie in the heart of the city's African American neighborhood."

The measure passed 5 to 2.

The streets were named after Confederate generals Nathan Beford Forrest, Robert E. Lee and John B. Hood.

Vice Mayor Traci Callari, who voted against the measure, tried to propose a "dual-naming" of the streets for two years so people could get adjusted to the name change.  That wasn't passed. However, Traci Callari has revealed her white nationalist self to the city. She also has made a laughing stock of herself.

What is interesting about this article is why did it take until 2017 for this to happen. Surely people knew who these street names were named after going back generations to when the African American neighborhood formed.

I think the reason that the community in Hollywood moved forward and made their demands is that New Orleans has set an example that it can be done. I think also in African Americans communities if their leadership won't lead the way, they will find leadership that will. I don't know this for a fact, but I just suspect that is the case. I think that since New Orleans has shown it can be done, they will ask why their leadership isn't trying, and really trying to get rid of the monuments.

I have commented on this earlier.

I think also the police shootings of African Americans and protests by the Black Lives Matter movement is at some level raising a concern that African Americans matter in history also. You may not be able to convict an officer who blatantly capriciously shoots an African American man, but you can get the street names changed.

These change of street names will inspire other communities to look at their street names.

I think as more and more cities work to remove their monuments the citizens in Baltimore will have to ask why their monuments are still there? When those questions are asked, and it becomes in an issue in the news, and leadership is criticized for not getting the monuments removed, it will provide a conceptualization for other cities to understand why their city hasn't gotten rid of Confederate monuments, why their leadership isn't effective at getting rid of monuments.

By the way look at the interesting wording in this article.

I have been very busy working on a project and hope to announce it when it is completed.

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