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    Politically Incorrect city names (AIB: optimistic city names)

    I saw the thread on optimistic city names and thought, there are a few cities where the names are not politically correct, despite their origins. So, does anybody have cities like this in their area?

    Here's one to start with:

    White Settlement, TX

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    We have kind of been through this before... a long time ago. Check here for the previous thread. With all the new members, hopefully we'll get some more good names.

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    More of a section rather than a city:
    But Whitehaven, TN (in south Mermphis)
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    We have Hell Michigan, (guarantied to freeze over several times a year)

    We also have Climax. Ironically many people take I-69 to get there.

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    Indiana has Larry Bird's hometown of French Lick.
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Moderator note:
    A reminder: lets keep this on-topic, with discussion of politically incorrect place names, not just silly or sexually provacative place names.


    I've heard that some 1950s and 1960s-era subdivisions deliberately had the word "white" placed in them to discourage blacks from buying houses there; for instance, White Oaks, White Lake Estates, and so on.

    I've always wondered about Southern place names that honor Confederate heroes of the Civil War. They lost! Just like the signs for Adolfhitlerstrasse fell when Allied troops stormed through Germany in WWII, you would think that place names honoring Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee would be out of the picture.

    Wonder what happens on Klan Hill? Who lives near Chinks Point?
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    My bad

    A Better ON-Topic place name: Correct, Indiana
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    We have Hell Michigan, (guarantied to freeze over several times a year)

    We also have Climax. Ironically many people take I-69 to get there.

    HILARIOUS, a much needed laugh. Thanks Michaelskis, even if you are a Wings fan.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    I've always wondered about Southern place names that honor Confederate heroes of the Civil War. They lost! Just like the signs for Adolfhitlerstrasse fell when Allied troops stormed through Germany in WWII, you would think that place names honoring Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee would be out of the picture.
    You're equating Confederate generals to Hitler?? Hitler murdered millions and sought world domination.

    My hometown of Leesburg is named for the Lee family but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone that equates the name with slavery.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    I've always wondered about Southern place names that honor Confederate heroes of the Civil War.
    It is honoring heritage.

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    How about this: Center Square, IN
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by valhallan
    You're equating Confederate generals to Hitler?? Hitler murdered millions and sought world domination.
    Godwin's Law.

    Seriously, I wanted to use another example of war winners and losers, and Germany was the first thing that I thought of. I think the southern United States is the only part of the world -- although there may be others that I don't know of -- where the losers of a civil war were "allowed," for lack of a better word, to have place names, street names, school names, and so on that honored their side.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    Godwin's Law.

    Seriously, I wanted to use another example of war winners and losers, and Germany was the first thing that I thought of. I think the southern United States is the only part of the world -- although there may be others that I don't know of -- where the losers of a civil war were "allowed," for lack of a better word, to have place names, street names, school names, and so on that honored their side.
    I'm not going to research it either, but what about all the British place names here? We defeated them in a kind of civil war yet our largest city is named New York.

    It just gets a little old hearing people bash the south. They live how they want to, get over it.

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    Name It "Centerville," Anything....Instead

    My vote goes for a little burg on the eastern plains of Colorado named Chivington. It's named after the bloodthirsty zealot who led a contingent of the Colorado Infantry at Sand Creek on November 29, 1864.

    John Chivington led the Colorado Volunteers in a dawn attack on Black Kettle and his band, who had been told they would be safe on this desolate reservation. Two hundred Cheyenne men, women and children were slaughtered, and their corpses often grotesquely mutilated, in a massacre that shocked the nation.

    Thankfully, they're finally getting around to establishing a memorial site at Sand Creek. For years, it didn't appear on maps and its location was only known by the Cheyenne and Arapho Indian community as well as a handful of locals.

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    Sterling Heights, MI is referrered to as the unflattering (but approriate) "Sterling Whites"

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    White Marsh is a mostly white suburb of Baltimore, MD.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    Godwin's Law.

    Seriously, I wanted to use another example of war winners and losers, and Germany was the first thing that I thought of. I think the southern United States is the only part of the world -- although there may be others that I don't know of -- where the losers of a civil war were "allowed," for lack of a better word, to have place names, street names, school names, and so on that honored their side.
    I attended a Robert E. Lee Elementary school in California. I don't know what that means in regards to this discussion. But I thought it was worth mentioning.
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    I’m just stating a fact here. Denver had (has, I’m not sure if it’s changed), a neighborhood named, “Swastika Acres”. I think they finally changed it around 2002 to something different. I provide no links, just put it into a search and see for yourself. All you Colorado folks can clear up the details, please.

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    We have White City down here in Florida- I believe the klan named it this when it was its major headquarters.

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    There's actually a town called Robert Lee, TX. It has about 1,000 people and is located north of San Angelo.
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    Gay Head, Massachusetts recently changed its name back to the Native name Aquinnah.

    http://www.wampanoagtribe.net

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    How 'bout

    DUMAS Mississippi......see the most educated zip code thread.....
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    Gays, Illinois
    Home of the 2-story outhouse

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    Hey

    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon
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    There was an area of Halifax known as Africville. The story of the area is an example of a community remaining strong despite expropriation, relocation, urban renewal, subsidized housing etc.

    In 1916 Berlin, Ontario changed its name to Kitchener.

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