Report Suggests Austin, TX Rename Itself Because of Ties to Slavery Report Suggests Austin, TX Rename Itself Because of Ties to Slavery – NTK Network

Report Suggests Austin, TX Rename Itself Because of Ties to Slavery

Stephen F. Austin, the namesake of the Texas capital, spoke favorably of slavery in the 1800s. That's apparently enough to motivate a city report to recommend purging him from the history books.

By NTK Staff | 07.29.2018 @10:56am
Report Suggests Austin, TX Rename Itself Because of Ties to Slavery

The Austin Equity Office, in a report released last week on Confederate monuments, suggested that the Texas capital rename itself due to its namesake’s opposition to the abolition of slavery.

According to Philip Jankowski in the Austin American-Statesman, the city recommended renaming several slavery-connected locales under its jurisdiction, including the city itself, named after Stephen F. Austin. He wrote:

[Austin] also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.”

For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.

The report noted that renaming the city would require a referendum.

Controversy surrounding Confederate monuments flared up last summer as well, when a Charlottesville clash between white supremacist groups and Antifa leftists turned violent. President Trump spoke in favor of retaining the statues at the time.

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