Negro Creek: Aren’t we forgetting something?
There has been a lot written about the controversy relating to the potential name change of Negro Creek. The most surprising aspect, for me, has been the curious passion of those who defend the creek’s name as though it were a source of local pride. They say the name was meant to honor the early black settlers of Bureau County, but I doubt that is what really motivates them to defend it. And I find it strange that this name seems most important to those who are white.
The two primary points I see repeated by opponents of the name change are: A. That you cannot change history; and B. That this is political correctness run amuck.
In reference to the first point, it has been suggested we leave the name unchanged to serve as a reminder of our history. This has been suggested as though a person looking at a map of Bureau County, upon viewing the name Negro Creek, would be moved to contemplate the trials and tribulations of the early black settlers. But let’s face it: That is not likely to happen. A person who sees that name will likely just view it as a dubious vestige of a bygone era. Sadly, others may just smirk and point it out as “Nigger Creek,” like some already do.
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