After all the controversy over REL, and the many renaming ideas that were floated by area residents, Ann Kitchen has come up with what I think is the worst possible idea ever and started the formal renaming process to appease the vandals and vocal supporters of vandalism to sanitize history. I swear Kitchen is the worst representative for South Austin I can remember. This just confirms it.
She ignored all the suggestions to come up with a relatively unknown black female bureaucrat. I guess this plays to the current identity politics being used to divide the populace. I had suggested three different names: John Brown, Frederick Douglas and William Lloyd Garrison. My fave is John Brown. Other popular choices included Charles Umlauf, Molly Ivins & Robert Plant. Any of these would be preferable. Or how about South Austinite Stevie Ray Vaughn or Willie Nelson. Or how about something relatively benign like Parkside?
No, Kitchen doesn’t want to honor somebody we might recognize. She meets the important criterion for being honored here - She was black. Kitchen ignores all suggestions from her constituents. She wants to heal the wounds of racism by assigning a name nobody knows to a major feeder into a neighborhood that’s like 99% white with the name of a black bureaucrat. I’m sure that’ll work. If anyone wants to know who that person is, I guess I’ll just tell them she was a black bureaucrat because we honor black bureaucrats in these parts.