Town of Columbus, Ohio, this week unceremoniously evicted a 16-foot bronze statue . . . of Christopher Columbus. “For many individuals in our neighborhood, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness,” mentioned Mayor Andrew Ginther, giving the removal order two weeks in the past. “That doesn’t symbolize our nice metropolis.”
Which nice metropolis, exactly? He forgot to say. Or maybe the mayor goes to start out referring to his city euphemistically as “Ohio’s capital” and so forth, the best way some folks refuse to say the title of the Washington Redskins soccer workforce. This might make campaigning for his re-election fairly awkward: Vote Ginther for mayor of [Unmentionable Racist].
Don’t giggle, as a result of a petition at change.org has 118,000 signatures—an eighth of Columbus’s inhabitants—to rechristen the town Flavortown. That will replicate the area’s standing as “one of many nation’s largest take a look at markets for the meals business,” whereas honoring the enduring legacy of a Columbus native, the celeb chef Man Fieri. Alas, the petition’s creator has since apologized. Renaming the town, he says, “needs to be a battle led by these most affected,” and “as a white male, I don’t have a say on this.”
A columnist for the Columbus Dispatch noodled—jokingly?—that as a result of “it’s at all times harmful to call one thing after people,” how about: Pleistocene, Ohio. Is the unpronounceable image as soon as utilized by the musician Prince obtainable once more, or would that be cultural appropriation of Minnesota? A letter to the Dispatch had a bold idea: “Cowed, Ohio.”