Monday, December 12, 2016

Sierra Club renames Yosemite stone hut

The name of LeConte Memorial Lodge, completed in 1904 by the Sierra Club in Yosemite Valley, has been changed to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center because the man it was originally named for is now viewed as a racist and white supremacist. Information posted outside the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center says the Sierra Club changed the name of the building because “LeConte’s legacy has since been marred by the rediscovery of his late 19th-century writings on segregation and racial superiority. These views are unacceptable to the Sierra Club, which is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within its membership, in our national parks, and in society at large.” The Sierra Club began pursuing the name change last year. The 112-year-old granite-and-wood, peaked-roof lodge, below massive cliffs that reach up to Glacier Point, has always been owned by the federal government. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987...more
Then they should change the name of any facility associated with Abraham Lincoln, who, according to the History News Network, stated in 1858:

I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality...

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