It was bound to happen sooner or later. Political correctness has finally progressed to a level where schools can no longer be named for people with the last name Lynch. Now, you might want to ask why. But that would be so very wrong of you to do, you RACIST!!!!
The Centennial School District in Oregon has three elementary schools with the name Lynch in them: Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View. The naming of the schools were to honor the Lynch family after they donated land for the schools over a century ago.
Back in mid-July, however, the school board decided they needed to remove the name Lynch from all signage, websites, stationary, and public usage of the school names. (Officials will vote on a final resolution at the August 9 meeting). While one board member mentioned that the school district no longer owns land donated by the Lynch family, that is not the reason for the public name change.
But Centennial Superintendent Paul Coakley says many newer families coming into the district associate the name with America’s violent racial history.
“There were an increasing amount of questions and some complaints from families of color around the name,” Coakley said.
There is no connection between the Lynch family and the practice associated with the term, he said, but it’s still been “a disruption for some students.”
“Our diversity is increasing every year, with families coming in from Northeast Portland and out-of-state, so [the names] needed to be looked at,” said Coakley, who is African-American and grew up in the area.
How, exactly, is it “a disruption for some students?” The name Lynch is a proper noun. The word lynch is a verb. As stated above, Lynch (the proper noun) is not connected with the lynchings (verb) that took place in the area. There is no reason for “a disruption.” If a student, or their parent, can’t handle a very common last name, then they are the one with the problem. Not the school district.
Which begs the following question: How did these same people handle seeing Loretta Lynch’s name in the news nearly everyday after being confirmed as Attorney General? Did they call up Barack Obama’s administration to tell them that seeing Lynch’s name everywhere was “a disruption?” Look at the image of Lynch at the top of this post. The nameplate in front of her reads “Hon. (Honorable) Lynch.” I can only imagine the disruption that nameplate caused. The committee that Lynch was testifying in front of must have gotten hundreds of thousands of calls blasting them for even insinuating there was such a thing as an honorable lynching.
Discontinuing use of that portion of the schools’ names is a minor step to ensure “that everybody feels like they belong to this district, and that we can put this potential negative behind us,” [Board Vice Chair Pam Shields] said.
I wonder how many people in that school district has the last name of Lynch. If there are, it wouldn’t surprise me if they no longer feel like they belong to the Centennial School District. After all, the school board’s action is essentially calling them racist.
I wonder if the school district has the product Spic ‘n’ Span as part of its cleaning supplies. They should probably look into that right away. After all, Latino students make up the largest minority group in the district. If they do, surely that would be “a disruption for some students.”
This “political correctness” crap has to stop.
Update – August 10, 2017
At a meeting last night, the Centennial School District’s board went ahead with removing the name Lynch from two of their schools. Lynch Meadows Elementary and Lynch Wood Elementary no longer have the name Lynch in them. The third school, Lynch View Elementary, has been renamed Patrick Lynch Elementary School.