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Negrohead Lake near Houston may finally see its name officially changed amid America's racism reckoning

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They could have fixed this 30 years ago, if they simply replaced all occurrences of "Negro" with "Black".

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-05-08 05:57 PM | Reply

The name Negrohead Lake is probably based on some racist past, like that's where the black people lived. There's examples of it all over the country.

I could be wrong. Maybe there is some geologic feature or landscape characteristic from which the name is based. But I doubt it.

The name should go to something completely different, not just to black. That's dumb.

#2 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-05-08 06:37 PM | Reply

"The name should go to something completely different, not just to black. That's dumb."

That's correct. There's usually multiple names for the same place. Just pick one of the other names. America has done this plenty of times in the past. Like Boaz who won't ever visit New Amsterdam.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-08 06:41 PM | Reply

After looking into the topic, I've come to the realization that when white people worked a certain area, nearby features were often named after the family. Like Smith Creek etc. But when black people worked a certain area, it would just be named Negro Creek or Black Creek (or worse by the locals).

#4 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-05-08 06:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If they couldn't come up with evidence of a specific family name associated with those locations 30 years ago (which is why the federal government rejected the name changes), they probably aren't going to now.

Since they're ultimately just going to make something up to make people feel good, why not pretend the naming was Hispanic all along.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-05-08 08:17 PM | Reply

There is a road in MO called "hanging tree".

Too bad some people's heritage is that they are enslaving traitors.

#6 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-05-09 05:51 AM | Reply

Renaming a road would be a lot easier than renaming a geographic feature like a lake or creek.

www.houstonpublicmedia.org

It turns out that states do not have the authority to officially rename their geographic features. That authority lies with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which is part of the Department of Interior.

The state submitted proposals for each of the places it identified. But the proposals were rejected because they did not have a historical connection to the geography they would name, USBGN researcher Jennifer Runyon said.

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-05-09 06:58 AM | Reply

A tad bit off topic but I'm hoping all these GOP anti~voting shenanigans in Texas arouses enough anger to turn the state bright blue. It's been on the cusp for a long time anyway.

It's long overdue for "We the People" to mean something.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-05-09 07:03 AM | Reply

The name should go to something completely different, not just to black. That's dumb.

#2 | POSTED BY HORSTNGRABEN AT 2021-05-08 06:37 PM | FLAG:

Do we have to rename the fish too? You go to that lake to fish for Black Drum.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-10 11:46 AM | Reply

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