Here’s Why Some People On Facebook Want To Rename New York State
WIVB put up this post the other day and it had people weighing in back and forth about whether or not to rename our state.
Good ole' New York, according to The Daily Caller, is named after slave trader--James Stuart, who was the Duke of York.
Stuart, who Phippen says later became King James II of England, “created Britain’s greatest slave empire” — the Royal African Company. Phippen says the company “transported between 90,000 and 100,000 African slaves to the Caribbean and American colonies between 1672 and 1689.”
“The memory of slavery is enshrined in the name New York as well as the name of the nation’s capitol, even though both cities have vastly changed from their christening,” Phippen said on WIVB.com.
Facebook now has eaten this one up and has people debating on if something like this should be changed.