New Mexico Town Decides to Go Politically Correct by Finding a New Name for Kit Carson Park
The town council in Taos, New Mexico, the hometown of the great western explorer Kit Carson, recently voted to rename a park in town that had been named after Carson for as long as anyone remembers.
The action was reportedly taken because some Native Americans in the area resent Carson’s legacy and what they believe he stood for.
From Fox News:
Council member Fritz Hahn said one American Indian activist felt uncomfortable in the park, which is named after someone who egregiously hurt her people. “We have got to heal the wreckage of the past, and Kit Carson is part of that,” Hahn said.
Carson, who died in 1868, is buried in the cemetery at the park and his name is all over Taos. He largely is known as an explorer, trapper, soldier and American Indian agent.
Taos Pueblo tribal Secretary Ian Chisholm says the pueblo viewed the council’s actions as a gesture of “healing and reconciling the past.”
Progressives love to demonize great figures of American history because they did not live by today’s politically correct standards.
If they get any more aggressive in this effort, figures like Washington and Jefferson will have to be cleansed from the books because they were slave owners, and Lincoln should be cast aside because his original plan was to colonize freed slaves outside the U.S., the land of their birth.
For that matter, all of the framers of the U.S. Constitution should be condemned as immoral slime for adopting a document that allowed slavery to exist in the southern states. Perhaps all of the former U.S. presidents should be condemned for failing to take action to protect homosexuals and transgender citizens.
And we all know the author Mark Twain made liberal use of the “n” word in his novels. Those books need to be burned!
People who lived in times past should be judged by the accepted morals of their eras. To measure them against today’s standards is grossly unfair. The modern world is one they would not recognize. They lived and reacted to the world as they knew it, just as we do today.
As for Carson, yes, he killed some Native Americans. Perhaps his greatest transgression was following the orders of his Army superiors and forcing 8,000 Navajos to relocate by feet from Arizona to New Mexico. Several hundred died along the way.
But many Native Americans from that era also committed atrocities against white settlers. Should we be spending our time trying to identify them and condemn their memories? Today’s progressives may call those killers freedom fighters, because they were oppressed. African-Americans were oppressed for hundreds of years, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not choose to gain revenge through violence.
Can we condemn the Native American warriors for not being as advanced in their reaction to oppression as King? That would be silly.
All of these people did what they thought to be right, within the context of their own times. That should never diminish the contributions they made and the traditional honor they receive.