“There’s a longtime effort in the works by activists and ministers to rename it because of its namesake’s role in the slave trade.”
Progressive activists in Massachusetts have decided that Faneuil Hall, a historic institution in the city of Boston, must be renamed because its namesake Peter Faneuil owned slaves.
We are once again reminded of that time a few years ago when the left assured us that their collective madness was reserved for Confederate statues.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that progressives are not demanding that Yale University change its name, despite Elihu Yale’s direct participation in the slave trade.
I do not advocate for Yale changing its name, but a little consistency from the left would be nice. I don’t think any names should be changed or any monuments removed. I believe America’s history is essential to remember, even the sinful aspects.
WBUR News in Boston reports:
Activists stage sit-in to demand name change of Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall is one of the most famous sites in Boston. There’s a longtime effort in the works by activists and ministers to rename it because of its namesake’s role in the slave trade. Rev. Kevin Peterson sees this fight as a spiritual one.
“On a certain level, racism is a spiritual crisis represented in our nation,” Peterson said. “Peter Faneuil was a racist and a person who represented anti-Blackness. So I’m here passionately trying to help rewrite the story in Boston about how we need to be a multiracial democracy.”
Over the years, he and other activists have fasted about it. They’ve prayed about it. They’ve certainly meditated on it. And on Wednesday, Aug. 10, they sang about it, riffing off the Destiny’s Child classic “Say my name.”
Peterson and more than two dozen people gathered in front of Boston City Hall to once again demand the name change because Peter Faneuil was a known enslaver. The merchant amassed his fortune in part by trafficking and selling human beings, according to the National Park Service. He was complicit in and benefited from a white supremacist system.
Here’s a video of the protest from WCVB News:
People on the left who are gripped by this relatively new mental disorder must be told that America’s history is more important than their feelings.
Douglas MacKinnon, a writer who once worked in the Reagan White House, is originally from Boston and recently wrote at FOX News:
Boston, ‘cradle of the American Revolution,’ wants to cancel another founding father
As a son of Boston, I was saddened, but not remotely shocked, to read that liberal protesters had recently gathered at Faneuil Hall to demand that the mayor and other officials change the name of Faneuil Hall, an historic landmark first built 280 years ago.
Why? Because these liberal protesters have declared the building a symbol of “White supremacy.”
I am not shocked, because I just spent the last year of my life writing a book seeking to protect the founding fathers, July Fourth, and our ever dwindling rights and liberties from the woke, cancel culture mob.
The issue, quite expectedly, comes down to the subject of slavery.
Peter Faneuil, the merchant who designed and built the hall finished in 1742, did in fact own slaves, so therefore, he must be considered pure evil.
To be sure, the practice of slavery is obscene and a crime against humanity. That acknowledged, to view the actions, as well as what might have been in the minds, hearts, and very souls of men born some 300 years ago via the clouded and increasingly biased prism of 2022, is not only problematic, but irresponsible.
This growing list of “White supremacist” labeled founding fathers – be they Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, or now Peter Faneuil – are being defined, diminished, and dismissed over this issue. Any contributions they made to the creation of the greatest nation on the face of the earth are now deemed irrelevant to the woke protestors.
When dealing with these cancel culture mobs, average Americans must start employing a phrase that is all too familiar to most parents.
The answer is no.
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