Tuesday's HOT MIC
Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway.
The city council in Alexandria, Va. has voted to rename Jefferson Davis Highway. You can submit your own suggestions online. Here's the story, via WTOP:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After Alexandria’s city council voted to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the city, planners are now asking for help to find a new name.
“It’s not that … whatever name gets the most suggestions will win, it’s just a brainstorming process,” said Craig Fifer, spokesman for the City of Alexandria.
Fifer said the City of Alexandria’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway’s survey has already received several hundred name ideas.
So far, the city has seen a wide variety of names according to Fifer. The suggestions include local figures, others are geographic in nature and some suggest extending the names the road takes in other parts of the town, which include Patrick and Henry streets.
Here are three suggestions:
C.S. Lewis Highway — after notable linguist and Oxford University professor Clive Staples Lewis, famous for his religious writings and his Narnia novels like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
The Street of Steel — after the notable street in King's Landing, the capital of Westeros in George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, popularized by HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones."
The Highway That Must Not Be Named — after the notorious Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort, who was known as "He Who Must Not Be Named." This is fitting, because rather than being so inspired to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway, the Alexandria city council merely decided to reject the current name. Instead of renaming the road, it should be referred to as "The Highway That Must Not Be Named" so as to inspire the fear of Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis.
After all, as J.K. Rowling wrote, "Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself." Isn't that what everyone wants? Rather than facing America's history head on, it seems like this movement wants to brush that history away, fearing to discuss the truth. To aid in that effort, we should adopt a national style of denial, and call anything with a Confederate connection "The ____ That Must Not Be Named." That would be psychologically healthy, right?