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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Centennial School Board voted to change the names of three elementary schools in the district Wednesday night over concerns of offensive language.
The change will remove the name "Lynch" from two schools.
In the late 1800s, Patrick Lynch donated a parcel of land to the district, which is why so many schools included his name. In recent years, district officials said some students and families had complained that the name "Lynch" made them think of the verb, lynch, and the racist connotation behind it.
“I don't think any of you have ever seen a picture where one of your decedents was hanging from a tree,” said one man who testified in favor of the name change.
“I know the majority of you guys are white and it's hard to know how that word could have an effect but it does,” added a young student who testified. “If a simple name change could make students feel safe, then why are we holding back?”
Others who testified, disagreed.
“It was a family,” said one woman. “Lynch was named for a family, not an action.”
“We were Lynch, we will always be Lynch in our hearts and I'd like to see the [political correctness] stop,” added another.
“We have an equity plan in place in Centennial and we are doing what we believe is right for our children,” said Giard. “We have children of color and we want to make sure they can cross the threshold of those three schools and be comfortable in their surroundings.”
originally posted by: Deaf Alien
originally posted by: Illumimasontruth
a reply to: seasonal
Sheesh, it never ends.
They could have just added his first name. Win/win, problem solved.
Actually they did.
Anyway this is a non-issue. It's their decision. They voted for it.
originally posted by: ketsuko
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: Illumimasontruth
Nope, the vote will be for vanilla (conflict free) puppy dog (non puppy mill) school (unless school is to euro-centrist).
Can't have vanilla. It's too Eurocentric and might constitute a microagression.