Study by “professors” and “researchers” identify 960 places within the country’s national parks that have “racist names”

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UNITED STATES- According to a report from The College Fix, a higher-education news website, a group of professors and researchers have identified 960 places within 16 of the country’s 62 national parks that they have deemed as racist, promoting white supremacy, or presenting similar concerns.

The Daily Wire reported that the findings were revealed in an article for People and Nature by several researchers including Grace Wu and Kurt Ingeman, which included research from nearly 2,241 names in the United States.

Wu teachers at the University of California Santa Barbara and Ingeman is a postdoctoral researcher. The article’s abstract noted:

“Part of decolonizing our professional and recreational practices is to expose settler colonial biases and recognize the histories of colonized lands and the peoples who have stewarded these lands for millennia prior to colonization.”

The authors added:

“All national parks examined have place names that tacitly endorse racist or, more specifically, anti-Indigenous ideologies, thus perpetuating settler colonialism and white supremacy at the system scale for future generations.”

According to The College Fix, Wu and Ingeman have not responded to multiple emails sent over the last few weeks, asking about the practicality of renaming the 960 places. The College Fix also reached out to Natchee Barnd, an ethnic studies professor at Oregon State University, but has not received a response.

The professors and researchers spilt up the alleged offensive place names into categories. Of the 960 offensive names, 324 were considered offensive due to their descriptive, “neutral-seeming” names, including Crater Peak. The study stated:

“Seemingly innocuous names, and names of forgotten or obscure individuals are perhaps just as pernicious as names for outright racist or violent individuals. Neutral-seeming settler names build a white-normative culture in the place.”

The study also identified 254 names that they say support white supremacy, such as Roys Peak in Texas’ Big Bend National Park. The study states that these names “erase Indigenous knowledge” and “support white supremacy.”

The study reported that 214 names appropriate Indigenous language, 205 names replace an Indigenous place name with a colonizer name, and 52 names honored violent individuals. The researchers wrote:

“White hegemonic symbols embedded in parks can contribute to a perception that white people are the primary stewards and knowledge keepers of nature … Black people are 13 percent of the US population yet they are only 1 percent of US national park visitors, while white people are 76 percent of the US population and 96 percent of visitors.”

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According to the study, by renaming these national park names, marginalized groups will become empowered. However, the study noted that the new names cannot be neutral as it would still support “white dominance.”

Barnd compared the recommended changes to sports teams like the NFL’s Washington Commanders. He said in a statement to KEZI 9:

“We change things all the time. You mentioned sports; we change the names of stadiums every couple of years. People have no problem figuring out the new name of a stadium based off who is paying the rights to have their name attached to it. So we can shift and adjust as we want.”

The Daily Wire reported that this study is not the only recent call to rename public lands due to offensive names. In April, Scientific American published an opinion piece by Bonnie McGill entitle “Offensive Names Should Be Removed from Public Lands.”

McGill’s publication included specific examples of recommended changes “such as Squaw Canyon and Squaw Flat in Canyonlands National Park and Squaw Creek in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.” She noted that the word “squaw” has been used as an “insult to demean Native American women.”

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Report: University names study room after socialist revolutionary Karl Marx, the “Father of Communism”

March 10th, 2022

GAINESVILLE, FL — A Florida university has renamed a group study room on campus after socialist revolutionary Karl Marx, who is also known as the Father of Communism.

The Leadership Institute’s watchdog project, Campus Reform, obtained a picture and reported that the University of Florida renamed Group Study Room 229 at Library West as the “229 Karl Marx Group Study Room.”

The report noted that a plaque is also beneath the room sign:

“In a picture obtained by Campus Reform, Marx’s name can be seen on a plaque labeling the space in Library West a ‘Group Study Room.’

“A small inscription labels Marx as a ‘philosopher, radical economist, and revolutionary critic.’

“Library West is part of the George A. Smathers Libraries system.

“The description credits Marx as being the ‘founder of scientific socialism’ whose ‘reputation as a radical thinker’ emerged during the rise of the socialist political parties in the 1870s and 1880s.

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“‘The unique extent of the influence of Marx’s materialist explanation of the workings of society, economics and history, inevitably saw Marxist theory extend its influence to literary criticism,’ the plaque reads.

“Marx is also credited with laying the foundation for the rise of ‘socialist and communist movements throughout the world.’”

According to the report, the renamed study room is one of 14 areas where students can reserve a space in order to collaborate with each other:

“The rooms vary in capacity ranging from groups of two to teams of 12. The Karl Marx room holds the largest occupancy.

“Each room honors the name of influential individuals who have impacted a wide range of academia including literature, politics, philosophy, and science.

“In addition to Marx, notable names who have helped transcribe the political landscape include Founding Father Benjamin Franklin and Civil Rights Activists Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King Jr.

“Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway represent an array of classic literature authors, while peacekeepers and humanitarians are recognized through Mahatma Gandhi.

“Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin represent the influence of African-American literature, while social sciences are honored through Abraham H. Maslow, Albert Camus, and Michel Foucault.

“Anthropologist Margaret Mead is also featured.”

The University of Florida notes on its website that it is “committed to challenging convention” and its campus community:

“At the University of Florida, we are a people of purpose. We’re committed to challenging convention and ourselves.

“We see things not as they are, but as they could be. And we strive for a greater impact: one measured in people helped and lives improved.” 

However, many believe that it is not helpful to promote a man whose ideologies resulted in the deaths of millions around the world.

Marx wrote “Manifesto of the Communist Party” with Frederick Engels, and it was published in February of 1848.

The book’s opening included:

“A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.

“Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as communistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of communism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?

“Two things result from this fact:

“I. Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be itself a power.

“II. It is high time that Communists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Communism with a manifesto of the party itself.

“To this end, Communists of various nationalities have assembled in London and sketched the following manifesto, to be published in the English, French, German, Italian, Flemish and Danish languages.”

The nonprofit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which acknowledges the more than 100 million victims of communism, released a report that was based on a 2020 poll conducted by YouGov.

The report noted there appears to be a growing trend of Americans who want to eliminate capitalism and embrace socialism, communism and collectivism instead.

In an October 2020 press release, the Foundation noted that its fifth annual report showed one in four Americans wanted to abandon capitalism for socialism:

“This year’s study showed increased favorability of the term ‘socialism’ (49%) among Gen Z compared to 2019 (40%).

“Opinions of capitalism declined slightly from 2019 to 2020 among all Americans (58% to 55%), with Gen Z (ages 16-23) slightly up (49% to 52%) and Millennials (ages 24-39) down (50% to 43%).

“35% of Millennials and 31% of Gen Z support the gradual elimination of the capitalist system in favor of a more socialist system.”

In addition, the report’s findings included the following:

“40% of Americans have a favorable view of socialism, up from 36% in 2019. Socialist sentiment is increasing among younger generations with Gen Z’s favorability at 49%, up from 40% in 2019.

“Gen Z’s favorability toward communism holds steady at 28% favorability, compared to 22% of Millennials (a 14% decrease from 2019).

“Over a quarter of Americans (26%) support the gradual elimination of the capitalist system in favor of a more socialist system with a surge in support among younger generations (31% of Gen Z and 35% of Millennials).”

Some Americans felt communism was a fairer system than capitalism:

“18% of Gen Z and 13% of Millennials think communism is a fairer system than capitalism and deserves consideration in America.

“Favorable opinions toward Marxism are increasing in the youngest generation but decreasing or holding steady in older generations. 30% of Gen Z has a favorable view of Marxism, up 6% from 2019, compared to 27% of Millennials, down 9% from 2019.”

Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, commented on the 2020 Poll:

“It shocks the conscience that more Americans today believe the U.S. President [Trump] is a bigger threat to world peace than the most brutal dictators in the world, and that four-in-ten Americans believe that their country is a ‘racist’ nation.

“This represents a total failure of our education system, not just in schools but also a basic dishonesty in our media and popular culture.

“When one-in-four Americans want to eliminate capitalism and embrace socialism, we know that we have failed to educate about the historical and moral failings of these ideologies.”

In 1993, author R.J. Rummel warned in an essay that communism is a deadly social engineering experiment:

“It failed utterly and in doing so it killed over 100,000,000 men, women, and children, not to mention the near 30,000,000 of its subjects that died in its often aggressive wars and the rebellions it provoked.

“But there is a larger lesson to be learned from this horrendous sacrifice to one ideology. That is that no one can be trusted with power.

“The more power the center has to impose the beliefs of an ideological or religious elite or impose the whims of a dictator, the more likely human lives are to be sacrificed.

“This is but one reason, but perhaps the most important one, for fostering liberal democracy.”

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