Today’s omphaloskepsis

Political correctness is run amok. Just look at today’s newspaper.

Cartoonist Michael Ramirez nailed the new Oscar “diversity” requirements.

Meanwhile, the morning paper reported that the Clark County School Board voted 5-1 to rename Kit Carson Elementary School, which was built in 1956.

Despite all of his discoveries and exploits, Carson’s name was removed apparently because he was ordered to force the Navajos onto a new reservation further West. No mention apparently was made of the fact Carson did not want to carry out his orders and tried to resign.  Nor was it mentioned that Carson, later as an Indian agent, worked until his death in 1868 to protect tribes from corruption and exploitation.

Can the Carson River and Carson City be next? What about the streets in Las Vegas named for Carson and John C. Fremont?

Meanwhile, the headline on the editorial in the insert declared, “America won’t reach its potential until it honestly addresses racism.”

It decried President Trump’s orders to stop forcing federal employees to undergo training in “critical race theory,” which foists the notion of white privilege. It also blasted Trump’s hollow “threat to withhold federal funding to schools using The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project,” which teaches that the country was founded in order to protect the institution of slavery.

The editorial states, “Recognizing racism is a first step to addressing it.” Presuming racism is rampant and even systemic without solid evidence is, well, presumptuous.

Earlier in the week the morning paper carried a column by Larry Elder, who pointed out that the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald found: “A police officer is 18 1/2 times more likely to be killed by a Black male than an unarmed Black male is to be killed by a police officer.”

Everybody is engaged in serious omphaloskepsis — navel gazing.

Kit Carson Elementary (Google Street View via R-J)

3 comments on “Today’s omphaloskepsis

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hard to see why the name of a school or a park or a septic tank becomes so important just because someone wants to change it for reasons.

    I guessing no one knows or cares how many Kit Carson commemorative public toilets there are today but all it takes to get them to care is to try and change the name of them to something else for some reason.

    Talk about navel gazing.

  2. Rincon says:

    Although I’m not terribly concerned about the removal of a bunch of statues, I certainly don’t like having done by mob rule. I also think the protesters are complaining about something that is essentially unsupported by statistical evidence: that black people are killed by police in disproportionate numbers compared to other races or perhaps white people. It is taken for granted while the death counts suggest that it simply isn’t true. This is not to say that there is little or no police brutality nor that police don’t racially profile or harass African Americans; only that the figures belie the assertions of the Black Lives Matter folks regarding fatalities.

  3. Athos says:

    The Muslims do it, the communist do it, I’m sure other despots make it a practice to erase the existing culture. Tear down the existing and replace with ??? Nothing.
    And why is it that BLM and its dupes want to exalt and hold in high esteem a rapist? Does that mean no more #me too?

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