As a Norman Lear/Richard Pryor child of the '70s, I resist canceling terms that were cyclical to the transformation of America...even often as a bigoted nation.

These terms were used instead as points of enlightenment through humor.

I'm not going to make this a George Carlin list of words you can't use on TV...let's let the MASTER do that.  Thanks here to Carlin on YouTube (NSFW!!!!)

I just wrote an article about not being afraid of "sticks and stones", but when the use of such words or phrases is seen as institutional and overtly offensive, I'm open to the idea of at least eliminating them from public recognition.  The Washington Redskins should have been gone decades ago.

So where do you stand on the United States Department of the Interior planning to replace historical North Dakota locations because they contain racist and sexist slurs?  Now we're not talking about the "N word" we're talking about the "S word".  Shoot, I don't want to seem like I'm fanning the flames here, but the Inforum article I'm referencing has no problem throwing around the let's do it.

It seems "Squaw" has gotta go...

The Interior Department isn't asking if the word needs to go, they are asking North Dakota what word or term should replace it in six different locations across the state. Months back I did another story about the use of the term "Rez" and another different story about Native American mascot names across the country and how a North Dakota group was attempting to stop the white-washing of Native Americans impact on history itself.

Somehow the comment section went off on the usage of the word squaw (which was never used) and comments were quickly shut down.

Reading through the still burning comments, it wasn't readers responding to an institutional use of the word (like say Lady Holsteins or Lady Beavers), it was because readers had experienced the casual usage of the "S word" amongst their friends and neighbors. I'm not "brave" enough to pick that fight.

So regardless of how you feel...maybe you think the "S word" is just a part of history, the Department of the Interior is going to reclaim the naming rights of six sites in North Dakota and are asking for your help anyway.

1032267Squaw CreekStreamHettingerNorth Dakota46.4475057-102.6543305
1032268Squaw CreekStreamMcKenzie, DunnNorth Dakota47.6213982-102.4724048
1032269Squaw Creek BayBayDunnNorth Dakota47.6041755-102.4337921
1032270Squaw PointCapeBottineauNorth Dakota48.9886217-100.3504184
1035181Squaw CreekStreamMcKenzieNorth Dakota47.5922379-103.331303
1035183Squaw GapPopulated PlaceMcKenzieNorth Dakota

Nobody likes your silly new "gap" submissions, so let's keep it super serious...again here are the ground rules and it's no joke. So, maybe we should stop using it as a punchline.

Still, I miss Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and yes, even Archie Bunker. But wrong is wrong and let's go make some simple changes in the name of civility.

Let's all find common ground y'all.

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