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More Rick Perry News: There Are Ten Officially Recognized Places In Florida That Still Have "Negro" In Their Name

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Not an era some parts of Florida are ready to leave behind.
​Next time you have a few minutes to burn in Palm City, Florida, why not book a leisurely afternoon at Negrohead Point? No? Perhaps a relaxing drive over Negro Jim Hammock Bridge near Moore Haven would calm your nerves. Then you could hop up to Jefferson County to cool off in Negro Cove, or schedule a hike in Negrolands Marsh near Lake Placid.

As the nation reacts with (understandable) horror to the news that presidential contender Rick Perry's family owned a Texas hunting camp called "Niggerhead," it's worth noting that the Sunshine State map is still dotted with jaw-droppingly offensive odes to its slave-state past.

At least 10 officially recognized places in Florida still have the word "negro" in their name, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System.

That's baffling to advocates like former state Sen. Steve Geller, who passed a bill in 2004 requiring every county to review and change potentially racist names.

"If there's still a Negro Jim Hammock Bridge on the books, obviously we haven't gone far enough," Geller says.

Geller's bill didn't pass without controversy. The Republican-appointed Department of State argued erasing n-bombs from the state surveys would be "too expensive," Geller says, while local leaders claimed history would be lost.

"You had some local guys saying, 'You lootin' liberals in Tally are takin away our history!'" Geller recalls.

Still, the bill passed and USGS records show some names did change.

"Nigger Lake" in Washington County became Chain Lake. "Niggerhead Point" in St. Lucie turned into Fork Point. And "Jap Rock," a monument to Asian farmers near Boca Raton, is now Yamato Rock.

But someone in St. Lucie also must have signed off on Negro Jim Scrub staying on the books, along with such other enlightened places as Negrotown Knoll (in Highlands County), Negro Pond (in Gilchrist) and Negro Island (in Hillsborough).

Geller, for one, would like the counties to revisit those names. "I guess they're trying to keep the historical significance without the outright racial slur," he says. "But they didn't eliminate the racist term, they just diminished it."

Here's the full list of n-bombing place names on the books in Florida:

  • Negro Cut, St. Lucie County
  • Negro Jim Scrub, St. Lucie County
  • Negrohead Point, St. Lucie County
  • Negro Cove, Martin County
  • Negro Head, Lee County
  • Negro Island, Hillsborough County
  • Negrotown Marsh, Highlands County
  • Negrotown Knoll, Highlands County
  • Negro Jim Hammock Bridge, Hendry County
  • Negro Pond, Gilchrist County
  • Bonus! Slave Canal, Jefferson County

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23 comments
Lionel Forbes
Lionel Forbes

There's a school in Jacksonville named after the former head of the KKK so anything else in this state doesn't really surprise me.

MLJ
MLJ

Earth calling Tim.These places were named when Negro was the proper neutral term for blacks.

Libconservationist is a perfect example of his own pet peeve.  Lazy thinker.  If Ron suggests any blacks are lazy, he is a racist -- oh, so NO blacks are lazy, ALL are hardworking, er----does that sound to anyone else like a STEREOTYPE?

Some northern states began changing names of places with "squaw" in the name.  It's deemed an insulting word for Indian woman.  I thought these were so named when Squaw was the literal word for Indian woman!  They do need to be changed because there are too many duplicates.

NoFro904
NoFro904

If Anyone is Proud of Slavery being part of their History then i dont know what to say..

Ron
Ron

I bet the people that are offended are lazy slobs that want even more handed to them. Black people that go out and work and earn what they have could give a flying sh1t about this stupid ass list.

Tim elfrink
Tim elfrink

There is also the United Negro College Fund.

Leticia Martelle Maynard
Leticia Martelle Maynard

Parce que vous rendre hommage à un ami françaisdes dictateurs corrompus?

Lula da Silva, a manof morbid vanity.Awards for a hypocrite who always sidedwith dictators!In Brazil, everyone knows that the former president Lulada Silva is a mansick of vanity whose personal goal,pass to the world a false image of self.Why false image?Because Lula claims to be a person, but inpractice is another.So many say that in Brazil the only difference between Lulaand his friends dictators of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, isthese Lula's friends have the courage to show theirtrue colors.Look  why Lulas is contradictory and fake:

He praises democracy but in practice attempts with thebench of his party in Brazil, approves laws that control(censorship) to local media.And because, deep inside, have always loved dictators style.Do You from Europe remember when he said that the globalcrisis and discrimination to the least-favored countrieswere blue eyes’ Europeans fault?Remember?

 

Do you know that  Lula alwayscriticized Europe and the USA, but not let go the fortuneof traveling to these places? Whether strollingor is self promoting.Because Lula, for the Brazilians, is and always will bethe man who has the dilemma: Do what I say,  BUT DONOT DO WHAT I DO.Lula has always blamed the United States and Europe becauseof incompetence and failure of development of third world countries.He says that human rights must be respected, but when he waspresident, Human rights was ignored in the case ofthe Cuban prisoners and worse, he turned hisback not manifesting support for the causeof Cuban prisoners on hunger strike in protest. He criticized thecause and supported his friend the dictator Fidel bycondemning political prisoners.This is the real Lula!

 

Lula claims that you cannot harass and discriminate, but didn’t gave a  chance,whatsoever, to the Cuban boxers who have requested politicalasylum in the government, and aside that Lula immediatelyobeyed orders from his boss, Fidel, deported theboxers with no chance defense.This is Lula, hypocrite who says one thing, but hisideology and philosophy makes him do other thing.Lula when he was opposition, criticizing both hispredecessor president because he traveled a lot, butwhen Lula became president, traveled morethan 658 times than Cardoso (the former president).He is a hypocrite who talks about justice, democracy, humanrights, dignity and character, but proved quite theopposite of all this when he decidedto personally provide his  government to work indefense of the the criminal and terrorist Cesare Battisti bymaking him staying here in Brazil, even though millions of Brazilians wereopposed to defend and hold this criminal.Lula is that and more, which leaves us perplexed, isto observe that Europe keeps rewarding a demagoguevanity-sick hypocrite who preaches one image, but isanother.Lula da Silva, the two –faced man.

You should look into the Europeanpress about the opinion of millions of Brazilians forLula da Silva.Because for us, and you should know that we are not a lot, Lulada Silva is just a hypocrite, a demagogue and aliar who pays dearly for a team of professionals working inthe outside world in search of bodies, institutions,companies, which finally has been ableto Lula getting awards to highlight in the outsideworld as if it were what is not.

 

The worst is that his team hasbeen success.We have observed that Lula and his team hasdeceived straight these institutions in Europewhere Lula gets what he wants to enrich his boundlessvanity diseased.Lula da Silva, the former president who has made hisgovernment the most corrupt ever in Brazil.This is true, the rest is blah, blah, blah, from people who haveno principles, dignity, honesty, integrity and ethics.I am a student, a federal employee whoalways praised Lula when he was opposition, who believedwhen he spoke when he was the union leader Lula, butwhen he became president, that was when I saw that I waswrong about who actually is Lula.Lula, two-faced man s that made his government the mostcorrupt in Brazil, and leftus a Cursed Inheritance (domesticdebt) beyond absurd to have passed to his successor,his fellow party members who continue looting and carryingout the corruption that is now widespread. I hope that Europe chord, andnot giving out prizes to anyone, much less whoactually has no character to do so.Again, the only difference Lula to yourfriends dictators of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, isthat Lula's friends without pre had the courageto show the true face.One more thing: Do you know why Lula is not goingto Italy?I think the Italians should attend Mass thathe receive this award in France.It is high time that Lula was unmasked in public.

 

Best Regards,

Leticia Marttele

28 years-old

Federalemployee

Tpotts1967
Tpotts1967

Dont forget, White County, White Town, White High School, White City there are many. Whitey Ford, and Whitey Herzog. Dark skinned people are no longer supressed in this country. Our President is black and lives in the White house, many judges are black, politicians are black, black people prosper as much as white people do in this country. Those names are part of our history. There are as many raceist blacks as there are raceist whites. The rest of us who are over that dont sweat names. Grow up.

Ray
Ray

Okay, let's not get too PC here. First, Negro is NOT the N word. Second, with our state's Spanish background, Negro is the word for black, the color, not just the race.

seep
seep

Don't forget the lyrics to the state song.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

I bet that any black people who were offended oftentimes drop the n-bomb when referring to one another.

In the past 20 years, rap "music" has done more to degrade black culture than the white man.  Go figure.

AJ
AJ

"Negro" was an official census designation last year (in case you forgot)

Um
Um

How about the naacp? If there were a political group called "the national association for the advancement of white people", we would be called "racist".

LiberalConservationist
LiberalConservationist

Ron, Some may be as lazy and worthless as you, but at the end of the day, you are still a stupid, racist, piece of white trash. Crawl back under your rock, loser.

LiberalConservationist
LiberalConservationist

I agree, there is a world of difference between Negro-Rock and Nigger-Head. Rick Perry's hunting camp shows very poor upbringing.

PaulyG
PaulyG

What the fuck are you talking about, maniac?

NoFro904
NoFro904

Dark Skinned People are no longer Suppressed ?

Since When ?

Guest!
Guest!

"In the past 20 years, rap "music" has done more to degrade black culture than the white man."

That's the most outrageously offensive thing I've read in a long time.

BlackCeaser
BlackCeaser

rap,& hip hop, doesn't represent the people who fought for  freedom 

Gsypydreamer
Gsypydreamer

Thank you for the update.... I was just having a discussion yesterday with someone giving me a hard time about my "Southern Accent" and Me having to defend the way I was actually brought up... I am soooo tired of having to defend myself just because I have a Southern Accent... I have had to explain to .....toooo many people that just because u have an accent does not mean you were brought up in the KKK.... My Father was a great man and he brought me and my Sisters different than most. It made our lives harder in the South. We were taught to be STRONG WOMEN, do what was right, speak up and defend in what what we believe in...My Father n I used to sit outside on the swing and talk for long hours and he listen to my frustrations. I watched and listened to him over the years DEFEND his, our and others rights. NOW.... I come to Florida and I FIND MYSELF judged at every turn FOR BEING A "Southern" or for being from ALABAMA..... When all I do is carry on what I was taught at every turn. SAD and people wonder where preduice starts. It starts in peoples own minds and fears.... If people really knew about my Family's history....... I have never experience so much prejudice as I have since I came to Florida... Yes, Florida is mixing bowl of different races, but it would appear none of them seem to like each other very much nor want to get along very much. At least in Alabama the neighbors all TALK n want to be NEIGHBORLY. Here.. NO ONE WANTS 2 TALKS OR SAY HELLO OR THEY THINK U R CRAZY... So.. thanks for this update... I'm tired of defending my State n my accent.

Picaluva
Picaluva

It's too exhausting to explain but I'm with you BlackCeaser. That's the problem with stereotyping and generalizing a population of people.

J.R.
J.R.

You have no need to defend yourself to any of the scum people. You are just fine the way you are. 

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