Semantics Goes Rogue

PortlandFox News recently reported that a Portland, Oregon school board has removed the name “Lynch” from three public schools.  The schools were named for the family that donated the land years ago.

The Fox article stated

 …the names of Lynch Meadows Elementary School, Lynch View Elementary School and Lynch Wood Elementary School reminded them too much of ‘lynch mobs’ and ‘lynchings,’ conjuring the image of people being hanged by an angry mob…

Of course Portland is a bastion of liberalism, rivaling even whacko San Francisco for progressivism over the moon.  “Lynch,” as we all know, is a common name in America and has nothing to do with racism or lynching.  Remember Loretta Lynch, the African-American U.S. attorney general under Obama?  In a similar torturing of language in pursuit of the PC pure, a Washington DC public board member was fired for using the word “niggardly,” a time tested word in the English language meaning essentially “stingy” and having nothing to do with race or the justifiably hated “N-word.”

Calm down now. I’m anything but racist, with lots of black friends and two biracial granddaughters (of whom I’m immensely proud).  And I fully understand the horror of slavery and the aftereffects that plague people of color today.  But one wonders if it is black people who are startled by the everyday name “Lynch” on a school, orFront Cover JPEG - Pestilence_edited-1 the uberliberal whites who are invested in the industry of victimhood.  As an aside, my novel Caine’s Pestilence (Canniche Cove Publishing, 2011, available on Amazon) dealt with that very phenomenon.


I believe respect and race relations would be advanced more by common sense and Rodney Kingordinary good faith in dealing with one another, especially through language.  It’s hard to understand how racial tensions are improved by a bogus obsession with convoluting the ordinary meaning of words.  As a noted African-American once said, “can’t we all just get along?”

2 thoughts on “Semantics Goes Rogue

  1. John Caine

    For the record, Wikipedia says this about the Lynch surname: “Irish origin. There are several different unrelated Irish families of which Lynch is the Anglicized form of including: Ó Loingsigh, meaning “descendant of Loingseach” (mariner), which was also Anglincized as Lynchy, Lynskey and Lindsey.” There’s also an English origin for the name that arrived from Normandy in northern France.


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