Just to add some perspective, I think this article should include a few
historical points: "Negro Bill" was a half-white, half-black cowboy who
lived in the area, and he was quite fond of his nickname (which, as noted, was
actually the "N-word" back in those days). It wasn't derogatory
towards him - it was what his friends called him.That said, I
understand that times have changed, and the word is offensive to some (and
certainly awkward to many), and I have no problem if they change it.
This seems to demonstrate over sensativity to the name 'Negro'. For
many years in our history this was the common reference for black people. It
was not intended to be demeaning or critical. The name for this canyon
undoubtedly has historical meaning. To change the name appears to me to do more
harm than good and probably demeans Negro Bill.
Has there ever been concern for chooing the name 'Moab' for a town?
According to Genesis 19:30-38, Moab was the son of Lot by incest with his eldest
daughter. She and her sister decided to continue their father's line
through intercourse with their father. Lot got drunk to facilitate the deed and
conceived Moab. And the Spanish word for black is offending folks?!