Keep the name, but seize upon teaching moment
Fresh back from a week of vacation, it's time to catch up on couple items:
Let's rethink this
I'm typically the kind of person who's content to listen to all sides of an argument, and I generally find some ounce of agreement with people on most topics. After all, nobody has a monopoly on the truth.
But this business of dropping "Lynch" from the names of three of its schools in the Centennial School District goes too far, even for me.
Yeah, I get it. "Lynch" describes a violent act, often in the context of slavery. But it's also a perfectly good name that's been attached to some great people.
In similar fashion, the word "hunt," describes the act of pursuing game animals for the purpose of killing them. Presumably, including the word "hunt" in a school name could offend anti-hunters, people who oppose firearms, and people who don't eat meat. No big surprise, you can find Hunt Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash.
Like our schools in Gresham, the school up in Washington state takes its name from a person, in this case Warren Hunt. The name doesn't have anything to do with killing wildlife.
If the word "Lynch" is too offensive to stand on its own, I'd entertain the idea of adding a first name to the school monikers.
I also like the suggestions I've seen posted online recommending the installation of plaques at the schools, providing lessons about the Lynch family, and how these schools came to be named.
But I'm not going to agree with the notion that we should banish a perfectly good name simply because it's possible to warp its meaning into something ugly.
The Centennial School District Board will discuss this change on Wednesday, Aug. 9. I'm not sure if the board plans to take public comments at that time, but certainly a large, polite turnout of people who oppose the change would send a loud and clear message.
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