Austin Considers Renaming City Over Ties to Slavery
AUSTIN, TX – August 1, 2018
City officials in Austin have recommended renaming the state capital of Texas as part of an effort to break with its pro-slavery past.
A report by Austin’s Equity Office made a list of recommendations that included renaming streets and neighborhoods that honor Confederate leaders.
The list included Stephen F. Austin, ‘the father of Texas,’ who died before the Civil war in the United States and the entry of Texas in the States.
Austin was one of the most powerful businessmen in Texas and grew hostile to the Mexican government when it sought to ban slavery in 18З1, calling it the "worst curse" and at the same time "a necessary evil." He believed that if slaves were emancipated they would turn into "vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace."
Now city officials want to reshape reality to match their own delusions and have recommended renaming the state capital of Texas as part of an effort to break with its Confederate past.
Austin's Equity Office included a suggestion to rename the city in a wide-ranging report about existing Confederate monuments. Among the sites recommended for change were Littlefield Street, named for Confederate Army Major George Littlefield; Sneed Cove, named for Sebron Sneed, Confederate provost marshal; and Confederate Avenue, a street located in a historically black neighborhood. The group also recommended that the city make a formal request to the Texas Historical Commission to remove any Confederate-related markers from city properties.
Also listed as up for review was not only the city's name itself, but the Stephen F. Austin Drive and Stephen Austin Recreation Center as well.
The committee listed renaming the Texas capital as a "medium priority" that required more analysis. Changing street names and removing monuments were listed as "high" priorities.
The decision by the Austin City Council was opposed by a majority of the residents who lived on those streets. They call on authorities to stop at nothing to reframe, re-tell, and re-write history.
While renaming streets and neighborhoods requires just a simple vote by the council, changing the name of the city is a bit more complicated.
Replacing the name ‘Austin’ can only be done by an election since it would require altering the city charter.
Last year, the University of Texas at Austin removed the statues of four Confederate-era figures from a main area on campus, saying they had become symbols of white supremacy.