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— intended as racial slur against black settler
e federal government is under pressure to rename a Washington lake for a black prospector instead of the racial slur that likely refers to him.
State officials agreed to change the name of Coon Lake and Coon Creek after a Seattle man convinced them the designation was intended as a racial slur against Wilson Howard, who worked claims and lived in the area in the 1890s, reported Crosscut.
The state’s board of geographic names officially changed the names to Howard Lake and Howard Creek in 2008, but the National Park Service continues to oppose the changes.
The racial slur persists on federal maps, databases and mapping software — and at least one activist said he was “pissed off” about it.
“That’s shocking,” said Eddie Rye Jr., who has met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C., to push for the name change.
The federal government specifically bars derogatory names, but NPS officials said they aren’t certain “coon” referred to a black miner in an almost entirely white community more than 100 years ago — when newspapers regularly used the racial slur in reference to black people.
originally posted by: Metallicus
Lakes are often named for animals that are seen near them. I find it much more likely that it was named for an indigenous racoon spotted nearby than some racial slur.
More PC stupidity.
but NPS officials said they aren’t certain “coon” referred to a black miner in an almost entirely white community more than 100 years ago...