Often times most of us are quick to disregard the importances of names. With so many new things being created every day, things of the past can be perceived as “less relevant”. But, it’s for this same reason that names also have one valuable role. They allow us to preserve our legacy and heritage.
Over the last few months, we have heard how liberals have tried to desecrate the history of our ancestors by trying to remove Confederate monuments from our cities. Now they are going a step further and they are trying to remove the name “Dixie” from our history.
Old Dixie Highway located in Riviera Beach, Florida is officially being renamed as “President Barack Obama Highway”. The change was decided after city officials concluded the old name was “racist and offensive”. They believe that by changing it to “Obama”, they will get a clean slate on history.
“(The street is) symbolic of racism, symbolic of the clan, symbolic of cross burnings and today we are stepping up to a new day, a new era,” said the mayor of Riviera Beach.
While it was indeed true that in the past there was some KKK activity in the Riviera Beach and the major may want to distance themselves from that. To believe that they can hold the name “Dixie “accountable for such history borders between insult and stupidity.