We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
And what about James II, formerly Duke of York, for whom New Amsterdam's name was changed? He didn't own any slaves that I know of, but he irritated people enough to depose him, so there's got to be something to latch onto there. There's no way the city of New York can justify hanging onto its corrupted name.
Amsterdam in turn took its name from Amstel, deriving from something to do with being surrounded by water. Probably nothing useful there, but heavens, Manhattan Island was stolen from sainted aboriginals. Just give it back already. The name Manhattan was brutally appropriated from peaceful Native Americans, and in any case is fatally associated with the crime of nuclear power.
I was taught in high school and college history class that Manhattan was bought by a Dutchman in exchange for some beads, in a willing-buyer willing-seller transaction, 150+ years before a U.S had even been thought of. That's as opposed to most of the land in the Far West where the U.S. just kicked the natives off of it and penned them up on backwater reservations.
New York, both the city and the state, is named after the house of York and particularly for James Stuart, then Duke of York, one of the most successful slavers in colonial American history.
The Duke of York, who later became King James II of England (and James VII of Scotland), created Britain’s greatest slave empire known as the Royal African Company, which transported between 90,000 and 100,000 African slaves to the Caribbean and American colonies between 1672 and 1689.
King Charles II established the Royal Adventurers company in 1664, which traded in Africa, and put his younger brother James in charge of the operation. When the company went into debt, James and the crown dissolved it and reformed it into the Royal African Company to focus on the continent full of ivory, gold, and the “single most lucrative commodity,” slaves, Hilary McDonald Beckles, now the vice-chancellor of University of the West Indies, wrote in a 1999 paper for UNESCO.
The Royal African Company, governed by the brother of the king, enjoyed almost regal power to compete with the Dutch for dominion over Africa’s resources and people.
The company established ports along Africa’s Gold Coast, and “soon became the largest single company involved in the slave trade,” Beckles wrote. “Between 1680 and 1700 it supplied some 30,000 Africans to the Caribbean.”
“Slaves purchased for the Royal African Company of England were branded ‘DY,’ Duke of York, after the president of the company,” Beckles wrote.
The troublesome namesake of New York did not doom the colony to be marked forever as pro-slave. New York State passed a law to gradually emancipate slaves in 1799, following successful abolitionist movements in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which outlawed slavery in the decades after the revolution.
The left/BLM wants to rename military bases that are named after the people who were on the "wrong" side in the civil war. I have some suggestions:
Trayvon Martin AFB.
Fort George Floyd.
Navel Base Eric Garner.
Marine Corp Air Station Michael Brown.
We can put up displays of their criminal records and drug use. If this is the people that BLM wants to select as their heros than by all means lets tell their life stories. Maybe even include some victim statements for context. Surely the pregnant women that "Big" George gang raped would have a story to tell. Maybe this is an appropriate way to remember the BLM movement for what it really is.
Maybe they could prove their new-found virtue by starting up a program of reparations for their reporters-of-color.
Walter Duranty of the NYT won a Pulitzer Prize for fraudulent reporting that claimed there was no famine in the Ukraine. Jayson Blair, a person of color, left the NYT after his repeated examples of fraudulent journalism were uncovered. Perhaps the NYT should recommend Jayson Blair for a Pulitzer Prize- or recommend that Duranty's Pulitzer Prize be revoked and given to Jayson Blair.
It came as quite a surprise to Larry David too, when revealed by Henry Gates on his genealogy program. If this is the standard, than Teddy Roosevelt gets caught up in it. His mother was a Bulloch(sic) and had her own personal slave. And, as for Franklin D, gee, didn't the rest of the Roosevelts make their money in sugar. That's suspicious.