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About 15 years ago, Progressives in state government caused Washington State's most populous county, King County, to change its name.

It's still King County, but now, instead of having been named for Franklin Pierce's Vice President, W. Rufus King, it is now named for Dr. Martin Luther King.

The reason given to the public for this change was that Vice President King was a slave owner, which, in modern revisionist history, is now seen as being reprehensible, while Dr. King was descended from slaves, perhaps once owned by Vice President King's family, who had been freed by President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The irony of Progressive revisionism lies in the fact that Washington State was named for our first President, George Washington, who was also a slave owner. But nobody has ever suggested that Washington State be renamed, perhaps to honor Booker T. Washington.

Further irony is to be found in the fact that Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Monroe (among others) were all slave owners, yet they worked hard to develop a system of government which, in the end, made the freeing of the slaves, their education, their full citizenship and right to vote, and their admission into the halls of government, inevitable.
 

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About 15 years ago, Progressives in state government caused Washington State's most populous county, King County, to change its name.

It's still King County, but now, instead of having been named for Franklin Pierce's Vice President, W. Rufus King, it is now named for Dr. Martin Luther King.

The reason given to the public for this change was that Vice President King was a slave owner, which, in modern revisionist history, is now seen as being reprehensible, while Dr. King was descended from slaves, perhaps once owned by Vice President King's family, who had been freed by President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The irony of Progressive revisionism lies in the fact that Washington State was named for our first President, George Washington, who was also a slave owner. But nobody has ever suggested that Washington State be renamed, perhaps to honor Booker T. Washington.

Further irony is to be found in the fact that Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Monroe (among others) were all slave owners, yet they worked hard to develop a system of government which, in the end, made the freeing of the slaves, their education, their full citizenship and right to vote, and their admission into the halls of government, inevitable.
With a little imagination they could have given B B King his own county. :wink::biggrin2:

 

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I’m from the Bible Belt and to be fair, I believe we need a Billly Graham day! :yup:
 

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The biggest irony of all is the Democratic party itself. The party of slavery,KKK, Jim Crow, segregation,etc. You'd think they would have changed the name of their party by now. Their still the plantation party.
They are now the Socialist Democratic Party of America.
 

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And George Washington inherited those slaves and was forbidden by state law to free those slaves. So, in his will, he set them free. That loophole was closed after Washington's death. Jefferson wanted to free his slaves also, but again, forbidden from freeing them by state law. Therefore he PAID his slaves so they could purchase their own freedom. Two very inconvenient truths the Democrats can't use for their own benefit so they deliberately ignore it.
 
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