“‘Negro’ Not A Pejorative Term – Seriously?”

Yubanet reports: “The Nevada County BOS, at next Tuesday’s meeting, will consider a request by Supervisor Hank Weston: ‘Request for a letter to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names opposing a request to change the name of ‘Negro Creek’ in Rough and Ready, California to ‘Butterfly Creek,’ and request that all County departments review their records to ensure that the pejorative is removed or changed to ‘Negro’ on County maps.’ The pejorative Weston refers to is ‘Nigger Creek.’

“The BOS will vote on a letter to be sent to the USBGN that reads in part: ‘Nevada County takes pride in its unique Gold Rush history and in the contributions, struggles and stories of the many diverse settlers, immigrants, miners and residents who lived and died in our region. The Board Of Supervisors does not view the word ‘Negro’ as pejorative, but as an objective term used commonly in the past as the terms ‘African-American’ and ‘Black’ are used today.’

Offensive to many

“Replacing a racial slur with an antiquated term that is perceived as offensive hardly serves to acknowledge the contributions of black miners to the Gold Rush era.

“If you are going to change that name, change it to something that black people living in your county today can take pride in, too,” says Irma Jordan, the head of the Butte County NAACP, the closest chapter of the organization to Nevada County. She agreed that “Black Miners Creek,” would be appropriate – a name that would both recognize the historic past and not offend anyone. She added that the use of ‘Negro’ is offensive to her.”

The rest of Yubanet’s report is here.

Dan Logue’s candidate for President has a brain freeze

“America needs Rick Perry,” wrote our state Assemblyman Dan Logue earlier this year. “I believe that in his service as Governor of Texas, Rick Perry has demonstrated that he has the leadership and the vision for restoring our nation’s economy and making America great again.”

It came during a highly touted trip (AKA junket) of Logue to visit Perry in Texas to praise his job creation.

What a difference a few months makes. Now Perry has become the laughingstock of GOP candidates, with an epic gaffe in the debates last night.

As the Washington Post reported: “And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone,” he said, beginning a riff that might have brought applause and had a whiff of Texas boldness. “Commerce, Education, and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see.”

And later, after prevailing on Ron Paul to help him out, he finally gave up on remembering saying, “Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops,”

But Perry said he “ain’t quitting” and vowed to continue the campaign.

Here are some of the people who have praised and trust Logue’s judgment:

•Congressman Tom McClintock: “Dan Logue is of the great forces in the Assembly.”
•CABPRO named Logue its “Business Advocate of the Year.”
•Local politcal activist Barry Pruett: “In reality, the endorsement of Dan Logue is a ‘no brainer.'”

Here’s a photo of Logue and his admirers from the CABPRO dinner honoring him. Logue formally announced his re-election campaign on Wednesday. The credit for this photo goes to George Rebane’s blog:

(credit: Rebane's Ruminations)