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Negro Mountain and a Man Named ‘Nemesis’

Maryland State House (side)

Maryland State House

There’s a fight unfolding in the Maryland State House.  State Senator Lisa Gladden wants to rename Maryland’s,  Negro Mountain, changing it to “Nemesis”, the name of the black man who fought and died defending it during the Civil War.

Another senator, who objects most vocally to renaming the mountain, says she resists because “to change the name would  simply be an effort to be politically correct”. Sadly, she may express what is in the heart of many of her constituents.

Have you heard the metaphor: “Brakes” people vs “Accelerator” people?  They can be found in every organization. “Accelerators” are  willing to try new ideas even at a risk. “Brakes” resist change, even in the face of good solid facts, suspicious of new ideas and even hostile to them.

There are usually many sides to a story, but this one seems pretty clear-cut.

When it is possible to move ahead to heal a racial hurt why not do it?

From what Senator Gladden has said, this would be the case here.

Read more:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014157519_apusrenamingmountains.html?syndication=rss

http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=5409

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