This week, after a proposal from Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-NY) that the Russell Senate Office Building be renamed to honor Sen. John McCain, a hacker decided to see how it would look on Google maps. (Maybe it was the same hacker who changed Trump Tower to Dump Tower in November 2016.) The result, above, was quickly removed by Google.
At first I was very much in favor of the name change. I thought it would be a great way to honor the late senator. Then I began reading that Russell was a segregationist and white supremacist and that was part of the reason people wanted to change the name. To me that makes it a bit like tearing down a Confederate statue, an effort to eliminate a reminder of a less-than-glorious past, an effort to deny and whitewash our history. If we’re going to tear down statues because they offend some people, then we’ll end up tearing down the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial because they were slave owners.
There are those who say Shumer proposed the idea just to annoy Republicans — most notably, Donald Trump. Given this and other issues surrounding the proposed name change, I’m thinking we should just move on and find another way to honor Sen. McCain. That assumes, of course, that the two parties can eventually agree on something.