New York Times lacks self awareness

Here is the headline from this New York Times editorial on May 23rd. "Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy? It is time to rename bases for American heroes — not racist traitors."

Tell me again, what is the name of this newspaper? If you said The New York Times you would be blindingly correct. Now move over to this Daily Caller story from 2017 after the first statue-removing skirmish erupted in Charlottesville. The headline: "New York Is Named After A Horrendous Slave Trader."

The DC reported this of the man for whom “New York” was named:

“The Duke of York, who later became King James II of England (and James VII of Scotland), created Britain’s greatest slave empire known as the Royal African Company, which transported between 90,000 and 100,000 African slaves to the Caribbean and American colonies between 1672 and 1689.”

In other words, The New York Times - and everything bearing the name “New York” - from the state to the city to any and every institution (the New York Yankees!) in the state and city and anywhere else - is named after one of the most notorious slave traders in world history.

I suspect they will not change their name or the name of the city or the baseball team.  Nor will the state change its name.  It will be interesting to see if this revelation leads to a little more humility about the names of other places in this country.

Will the paper now be called the Slave City Times?


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